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Clutch
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Hi Greg and Mike,

Great post by Criswell. Now THAT was a Baptist boy that could preach. :-)

I guess Ron Bailey would be the one to address the questions about Whitfield, and others of that era. I think Ron went to High School with Whitfield.

I do recall hearing that when Johnathon Edwards delivered his famous sermon "Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God". He did so by reading the entire text, with the paper close to his face as he was nearly blind. And,in a non emotional monotone voice.

It was said that people would literally fall out of their seats crying out for Gods mercy.

Regardless of the method of delivery . The Word of God preached,under the anointing of the Holy Spirit is effective to all those that will receive it. The "Whosoever Will."

Blessings,
Clutch :-P


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Hey Clutch!

Been awhile brother ... See your sense of humor is still thriving.

:-P

Good to see you again brother.


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 Re: how to "come up" whit a sermon

I like to think of developing a sermon like this: I don't find a sermon to preach, the sermon finds me. I simply seek God until He gives me direction to preach on something. Usually the way He shows me what to preach on is by often impressing a scripture or two in my head, and then a kernel of truth to that accompany those scriptures. Then, I simply meditate on those things until my time to preach, chewing on them throughout my day to day routines and in devotional prayer.

Depending on how much time I've had to chew on what I plan to preach on, I'll write a few things down on paper, and attempt a very basic outline. Generally if I've been chewing on something for a while (i.e. a couple weeks or more), then I don't generally need much of an outline. But if I've only had a day or two to prepare, I will write a little more down on paper.

Pretty much when you preach, simply follow the leading of the Spirit. When speaking on a topic or verse of scripture, don't lose people in all sorts of details, but be rather to the point. Simply stand up and speak from the burden God has placed on your heart, and don't by any means attempt to say more than you know.

Sermons should be the result of life long devoted study to God (however long that life might be). Whatever you preach on, preach what you have lived. Whatever you preach on, preach what you have studied. Whatever you preach on, preach as the oracle of God. Generally it seems God will give you a nugget or two of things that He will bring to your mind and heart to preach on, and the rest of your preaching will be stating what those things are, and then simply "fleshing out" those nuggets that God gave you.

That is pretty much preaching in a nutshel. If you are wanting to read a good book on preaching, I highly recommend "Preaching for Preachers" by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He speaks a lot more on principles for preaching, rather than boring you to death about how to develop a 3 point outline. Quite a good book.


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Yes, I believe also that Chuck Smith goes through the bible every 2-3 years in His preaching.



Talk about flying. I believe it took Lloyd-Jones over a year or so to simply preach the sermon on the mount.


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This seems like a good book on sermon preparation:

[b]PREPARATION AND DELIVERY OF SERMONS ~BROADUS 1926[/b]
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You can also find it on www.bookfinder.com


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 How to "come up" with a sermon

Came across this earlier, though it might be applicable to the question;

[u]Unction a Necessity[/u]

[i]One bright benison which private prayer brings down upon the ministry is an indescribable and inimitable something—an unction from the Holy One . . . . If the anointing which we bear come not from the Lord of hosts, we are deceivers, since only in prayer can we obtain it. Let us continue instant constant fervent in supplication. Let your fleece lie on the thrashing floor of supplication till it is wet with the dew of heaven.[/i] —Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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ALEXANDER KNOX, a Christian philosopher of the days of Wesley, not an adherent but a strong personal friend of Wesley, and with much spiritual sympathy with the Wesleyan movement, writes: “It is strange and lamentable, but I verily believe the fact to be that except among Methodists and Methodistical clergyman, there is not much interesting preaching in England. The clergy, too generally have absolutely lost the art. There is, I conceive, in the great laws of the moral world a kind of secret understanding like the affinities in chemistry, between rightly promulgated religious truth and the deepest feelings of the human mind. Where the one is duly exhibited, the other will respond. Did not our hearts burn within us?—but to this devout feeling is indispensable in the speaker. Now, I am obliged to state from my own observation that this onction, as the French not unfitly term it, is beyond all comparison more likely to be found in England in a Methodist conventicle than in a parish Church. This, and this alone, seems really to be that which fills the Methodist houses and thins the Churches. I am, I verily think, no enthusiast; I am a most sincere and cordial churchman, a humble disciple of the School of Hale and Boyle, of Burnet and Leighton. Now I must aver that when I was in this country, two years ago, I did not hear a single preacher who taught me like my own great masters but such as are deemed Methodistical. And I now despair of getting an atom of heart instruction from any other quarter. The Methodist preachers (however I may not always approve of all their expressions) do most assuredly diffuse this true religion and undefiled. I felt real pleasure last Sunday. I can bear witness that the preacher did at once speak the words of truth and soberness. There was no eloquence—the honest man never dreamed of such a thing’but there was far better: a cordial communication of vitalized truth. I say vitalized because what he declared to others it was impossible not to feel he lived on himself.”



This unction is the art of preaching. The preacher who never had this unction never had the art of preaching. The preacher who has lost this unction has lost the art of preaching. Whatever other arts he may have and retain?the art of sermon-making, the art of eloquence, the art of great, clear thinking, the art of pleasing an audience?he has lost the divine art of preaching. This unction makes God’s truth powerful and interesting, draws and attracts, edifies, convicts, saves.

This unction vitalizes God’s revealed truth, makes it living and life-giving. Even God’s truth spoken without this unction is light, dead, and deadening. Though abounding in truth, though weighty with thought, though sparkling with rhetoric, though pointed by logic, though powerful by earnestness, without this divine unction it issues in death and not in life. Mr. Spurgeon says:

[i]“I wonder how long we might beat our brains before we could plainly put into word what is meant by preaching with unction. Yet he who preaches knows its presence, and he who hears soon detects its absence. Samaria, in famine, typifies a discourse without it. Jerusalem, with her feast of fat things, full of marrow, may represent a sermon enriched with it. Every one knows what the freshness of the morning is when orient pearls abound on every blade of grass, but who can describe it, much less produce it of itself? Such is the mystery of spiritual anointing. We know, but we cannot tell to others what it is. It is as easy as it is foolish, to counterfeit it. Unction is a thing which you cannot manufacture, and its counterfeits are worse than worthless. Yet it is, in itself, priceless, and beyond measure needful if you would edify believers and bring sinners to Christ.”[/i]

E.M. Bounds [url=http://www.ccel.org/ccel/bounds/power.toc.html]Power Through Prayer[/url]


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 Re: How to "come up" with a sermon

Yes Mike,

I was just looking at the title "how to "come up" whit a sermon" and thought no that isn't right sermons don't come up.. they come out. Preaching from the [b]burden[/b] of the Holy Spirit is a necessity. "If this truth doesn't burn in me, why in God's name should it burn in you." -Leonard Ravenhill

Oh for people who preach from the unction of God. We have too many teachers, we need preachers!


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 Re: Unction

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sermons don't come up.. they come out



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We have too many teachers, we need preachers!



Even the teachers could use this, do you think? What can be written even ... not sure what I am attempting to flesh out here.

Some more going into the next chapter;

[i]Speak for eternity. Above all things, cultivate your own spirit. A word spoken by you when your conscience is clear and your heart full of God’s Spirit is worth ten thousand words spoken in unbelief and sin. Remember that God, and not man, must have the glory. If the veil of the world’s machinery were lifted off, how much we would find is done in answer to the prayers of God’s children.[/i] —Robert Murray McCheyne

[url=http://www.ccel.org/ccel/bounds/power.XV.html]Unction, the Mark of True Gospel Preaching[/url]


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