The apostle Paul’s solemn charge to Timothy was to “preach the Word.” 

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (2 Timothy 4:2)

Biblical preaching and teaching is the expounding of the Word of God to a world that needs to hear it. Of course, the gospel is our central message in preaching. But pastors are also to declare “all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) as the expound Scripture to their church family. 

I have been preaching now for just over forty years. This is God’s calling on my life and is one of the great privileges of my ministry as a pastor as well as in training preachers at West Coast Baptist College. 

In this episode of the Spiritual Leadership Podcast, my son Larry and I discuss what biblical preaching is, how to rightly divide the Word of truth, and strategies for the practical implementation of study and delivery of messages. Whether you are a senior pastor, a Sunday school teacher, or a parent sharing God’s Word with your children, I believe our discussion will provide scriptural context and relevant ideas for expounding the Word of God.

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Our conversation was set up with Larry asking questions and me answering. His questions were insightful, and I hope this discussion will be a help to you. Here are the questions we covered: 

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:14 – Will you define biblical teaching and preaching?
  • 02:26 – There are many styles to preaching, but what is the essential core of biblical preaching?
  • 03:51 – What has been your approach as a pastor for sermon planning?
  • 06:58 – What part of planning sermon series is the most difficult for you and what part of the sermon process requires the most attention? 
  • 09:30 – How do you prepare to step up to the pulpit to preach?
  • 11:55 – As you study, how do you decide what stays in the sermon and what gets cut? 
  • 14:15 – Does the context of the audience influence your presentation? And how do you know you’re getting the message across? 
  • 16:40 – Is there anything else you want to add about sermon preparation? 
  • 17:56 – What tools do you use in study? How do you engage the church family in an upcoming series? What are your thoughts on a helpful use of visual aids?
  • 21:01 – How do you conduct the invitation or altar call in a Christ-honoring way?
  • 23:03 – Would you speak to the topic of preaching in light of our culture and the need for more preachers? 

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