Sermons


Sermon Content

Our preaching content is expositional and is born from the conviction that the preacher's job is to communicate God's will to God's people. This helps to guard against preaching mere life experience or preaching "hobby horse" sermons. The main point of the sermon needs to be the main point of the text.
The preaching style may further be described as redemptive historical. This follows from the recognition that all of scripture unfolds one glorious plan of redemption. John Stott once described preaching saying:

It is my contention that all true Christian preaching is expository preaching. Of course if by an ‘expository’ sermon is meant a verse-by-verse explanation of a lengthy passage of Scripture, then indeed it is only one possible way of preaching, but this would be a misuse of the word. Properly speaking, ‘exposition’ has a much broader meaning. It refers to the content of the sermon (biblical truth) rather than its style (a running commentary). To expound Scripture is to bring out of the text what is there and expose it to view. The expositor prizes open what appears to be closed, makes plain what is obscure, unravels what is knotted and unfolds what is tightly packed

Dr. Martin Loyd-Jones has famously advocated preaching as:
theology on fire. . . . Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire. A true understanding and experience of the Truth must lead to this. I say again that a man who can speak about these things dispassionately has no right whatsoever to be in a pulpit; and should never be allowed to enter one. What is the chief end of preaching? I like to think it is this. It is to give men and women a sense of God and His presence.


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