Tuesday is for Preaching
Preached a five point message from Philippians 4:15-20 a few months ago. The title of the message was Live for the Benefit of Others. The message answered the question, WHY (“should I live for the benefit of others?”)
- There is increase for you (vss. 15-17)
- There is supply for others (vs. 18a)
- There is delight for the heart of God (vs. 18b)
- There is the promise of abundance for our needs (vs 19)
- There is glory for God (vs. 20)
I took the points from the text in the order in which they appeared not in order of their importance. But I liked that point five emphasized the glory of God.
I’m an old seminary preaching professor. I’m also a mentor of pastors so I’m constantly thinking of how to help the men I work with [and myself] to grow in their ability to preach the gospel from any text, (like Jesus on the Damascas road and Spurgeon in his philosophy of preaching). So with that in mind, here’s a preaching exercise to sharpen your thinking.
- If this were your message …
- How would you preach the gospel from point 1 and verses 15-17?
- How would you do it from each of the other points and their associated texts?
Exercises like this are not just academic games. They are training grounds for better preaching.