Today's Word for Pastors...
Today's Preaching Insight...
The Next Ten Years
In an interview with Fred Craddock - a long-time preaching professor and writer who has made a major impact on how preaching is taught today - he discusses what he sees taking place in preaching over the next decade.
"I think, I hope in the future there will be an increase in the dealing with biblical content in the sermon. Some people will find that antiquated or quaint, but the fact of the matter is we live out of the reservoir or the well of the scripture. You can't get people talking about it if they don't know what it says. I think there will be an increase in the preacher teaching texts he preaches on, she preaches on.
"I try to do that here, and have for the last few years. If I'm invited to a church to preach, I ask, "Can I have the adult classes together during the Sunday School hour?" and I teach the text that I'm going to preach, on the assumption that if they get familiar enough with it they'll start thinking about it, they won't be intimidated by it, they won't feel put down because they didn't know it. They'll be partners in the preaching process. I think we're going to have more of the minister as a teaching preacher in the future."
Adrian Rogers recently wrote, "Nothing can separate you from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus your Lord. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 8:38-39) Neither death nor anything that happens after death, or anything that happens while you're living can separate you from God's love. If there were no other verse in the Bible that deals with eternal security, this one covers the base.
"Some people say, ‘Well, if I believed in this doctrine, then I'd get saved and I'd sin all I want to.' Friend, I sin all I want to. I sin more than I want to. I don't want to! When you get saved you get your wanter fixed. As a matter of fact, you get a brand new wanter."
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