Thursday, February 09, 2006

For Preachers

Here's a useful article from 9 Marks Ministries. In "Expositional Imposters," Mike Gilbart-Smith writes,
"Mark Dever rightly describes Expositional Preaching as 'preaching that takes for the point of a sermon the point of a particular passage of Scripture.' However, I have heard many sermons that intend to be expositional, yet fall somewhat short. Below are seven pitfalls that one might try to avoid. Each of these pitfalls either doesn’t correctly make the message of the passage the message of the sermon, or doesn’t make it a message to that congregation at all."

I think other preachers—as well as anyone who wants to grow in being a discerning listener—will enjoy this. If you're a preacher don't be discouraged, if you're a listener don't become self-righteously critical of your pastor—I know I've made just about every mistake he lists!

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