Make Easter BIG, but Don’t Put All Your Eggs In the Easter Basket

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Big Easter

Easter is one of the two biggest weekends for most churches in terms of attendance. I see this as a great opportunity for evangelism to begin and for a relationship to start between your church and all of the visitors who come that Sunday. You should do everything you can to leverage Easter weekend for […]


20 Questions to Ask Before Preaching Your Easter Sermon

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Easter He Is Risen

Easter Sunday is like the Superbowl of preaching. This may be your largest attended service of the year. Statistically, people are more open to visiting a church on Easter (and Christmas) than any other time of year. Because of this, your Easter sermon is infinitely important. The eternal destination of many people in attendance is […]


How to Handle Distractions While Preaching

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Crying Baby

What is the most distracting thing that has ever happened to you while preaching? For me it was when I was a youth pastor at a church in New Mexico. I was preaching to a group of high school students. In the middle of my message, a boy stood up, jump onto his chair and […]


Don’t Bore People. Master the Lost Art of Illustration.

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Westminster Chapel

I’d freshly fallen off the turnip truck in Britain. I was a young up and coming missionary preacher from America, prepared to swashbuckle my way through the riggings of expository preaching to the British masses and earn my place as a pulpiteer. I’d been recently inducted as the Evangelist of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s first church, […]


How to Preach for Commitment with Stronger Conclusions

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Fishing Net

Some of the greatest preachers in history were great at introducing and delivering sermons, but poor at closing them. We preach Christ and we preach a gospel that calls for commitment, so powerful preaching presses for a verdict. This is an area I spend a lot of time on when I’m preparing a message because […]


2 Free Ebooks: Preaching to the Unconvinced & Sermons for the Unconvinced

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Preaching to the Unconvinced

Preaching to the Unconvinced Christians believe, want to know God’s Word 
and come eager to hear your preaching. Non-Christians don’t believe, aren’t that interested in God’s Word, but sometimes end up in your services. So how do you preach to the unconvinced? How do you destroy the negative stereotypes they have about God, the church, […]


The Aim of Preaching Is Life Transformation

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Transformed

If God’s objective for every believer is to transform us into total Christlikeness, then the objective of preaching is to motivate people to develop Christlike convictions (to think like Jesus), Christlike character (to feel like Jesus), and Christlike conduct (to act like Jesus). Every other objective of preaching is secondary. At the end of the sermon, if people […]


How Your Church Can PASTOR Your Guests This Christmas

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Christmas at Saddleback

If the two times of the year that guests typically show up for a weekend church service are Easter and Christmas, then we have an evangelistic mandate to make the most of the opportunity to welcome them, show them grace and love, and initiate a relationship with them if at all possible. The problem is, […]


Two False Assumptions to Leave Behind When You Preach

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Public Preaching

I realize that we pastors are going way beyond motivational speaking in our sermons. We are sharing the gospel and leading people to the cross. But we are still speakers and communicators nonetheless, and our effectiveness and influence depend on our understanding something about the nature of speaking. Seth Godin, a marketing guru with much […]


10 Guest Preaching Tips So They Want to Invite You Back

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Plane Ride

Have you been invited to be a guest preacher? I have had the opportunity to do a bit of guest preaching lately. I have also dealt with my fair share of good and bad guest preachers. Here are some tips to help make you a better guest preacher – one they will actually want to […]


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