Fifteen Pointers For Preachers -- By: Brian Golez Najapfour

Journal: Puritan Reformed Journal
Volume: PRJ 06:2 (Jul 2014)
Article: Fifteen Pointers For Preachers
Author: Brian Golez Najapfour

Fifteen Pointers For Preachers

Brian G. Najapfour

  1. Preach doctrinally. Don’t reserve Bible doctrines such as justification and sanctification for your Sunday school. Preach these doctrines during your worship service.
  2. Preach discriminatorily. Address both believers and unbelievers in your preaching. Don’t assume that everyone in your congregation is saved, but neither assume that no one is saved.
  3. Preach applicatorily. Apply your text to your listeners. With the use of practical illustrations, help them apply your message to their daily life. A sermon without an application is like a lecture; you are preaching, not lecturing.
  4. Preach clearly. Organize your thoughts. Avoid difficult words. Consider the children in your congregation. If you have to employ a big word (e.g., justification), explain it using simple words.
  5. Preach evangelistically. Yes, preach against sin, but don’t stop there. Preach about salvation, too. If you preach the law without the gospel, you will make your congregation despair. Further, don’t think that the gospel is only for unbelievers. Believers need it for their sanctification as well.
  6. Preach powerfully. Preach with the unction of the Holy Spirit, as the Apostle Paul did, “[M]y speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Cor. 2:4-5).
  1. Preach prayerfully. Pray before, during, and after you preach. Humbly acknowledge that without God’s help, you can do nothing. Realize that God alone can change the hearts of your listeners.
  2. Preach expectantly. Remember nothing is impossible with God. Expect greatly that He will do wondrous things—saving sinners and sanctifying saints. Be confident that His Word will not return to Him void. He can even use your worst sermon to accomplish His wonderful plan.
  3. Preach persuasively. Show that what you proclaim is God’s Word. Announce, “Thus says the LORD.” Also, don’t be afraid to declare God’s truths, even if by doing so some of your hearers might be offended. You are not to please people but God.
  4. Preach passionately. Love not only preaching but also the people to whom you preach. When you love your congregation, you will feed them with spiritually nutritious food.
  5. Preach faithfully. Be faithful to your announced text(s). Don’t just read your text and leave it. Use it. Expound it. Preach from it.
  6. Preach seriously. The very Word that you preach is sacred. The God who has called you to preach is holy. Your message is a matter...
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