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What I Learned from Twitter/X About Crafting Sermons (VIDEO)
In this post, we go behind the scenes to the eureka moment that led to the secret sauce of the PPGR Preaching System.It actually began as an experiment.I wanted to see if it were possible to craft a complete sermon narrative with all four movements w...
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Think Movement vs Main Points (VIDEO)
When creating your next sermon, I want you to consider thinking movement versus main points.This is important because so many of us are used to thinking in main points when crafting a sermon, which could be a challenging obstacle to overcome.Preachin...
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Bathe the Process in Prayer (VIDEO)
It should be obvious, but the sermon prep process is not merely a human endeavor.We believe that the Holy Spirit is actively working in and through us as we craft our messages and deliver them.Or do we?I have a confession.When I was a young preacher,...
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Invite Listeners to Receive Jesus (VIDEO)
I want to share a brief story about something significant I learned about inviting listeners to respond to the gospel and receive Jesus as Savior and as Lord, King, and Treasure.It was a few years ago at an Easter service. After preaching, I stepped ...
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The Heart of the Gospel: You'll Want to Weave This Into Every Sermon
Below is another example sermon outline created with the PPGR Preaching System. Keyword: heartP) The heart of the gospel is substitution—"the righteous for the unrighteous" (1 Peter 3:18).P) When our preaching neglects this focus, folks may b...
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Two of the Most Important Sentences in Your Sermon (VIDEO)
Imagine you’re taking a cross-country flight. There are at least two aspects of that flight you want to be particularly smooth. The takeoff and the landing.It's the same way for listeners of your sermons.If we appreciate a pilot who provides smo...
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What Makes a Sermon Genuinely Gospel-Centered? (VIDEO)
Just like overused tires may get worn and lose their gripping power, words may become so overused that they no longer retain the tread with which they were originally created.Consider, for example, the word awesome. In view of the truly awesome (awe-...
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Two Ways to Teach: They're Not Equals
Below is an example of how to frame a sermon using the PPGR Preaching System.P) Paul tells Timothy to teach in such a way that cultivates practical love in the lives of his listeners (1 Tim. 1:5-7).P) This is in contrast to those who speak "matai...
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What If Reducing Sermon Length Increases Sermon Impact? (VIDEO)
There are several core philosophical principles I emphasize with the pastors I coach.Simplicity is better than complexity,Clarity is better than confusion, andLess is often more.This is to say, for most of us, reducing sermon length will increase ser...
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How to Implement the Audiobook Preaching Principle (VIDEO)
If you listen to audiobooks, online videos, or any other spoken content, you probably know you may adjust the listening speed from the normal 1.0 setting to 1.25, 1.5, or even 2.0.To understand the audiobook preaching principle, listen to an audiobo...
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How to Use a Keyword to Frame a Sermon (VIDEO)
So, let's talk about how to use a keyword to frame a sermon.First, find the word or phrase in the text. You're not looking for three main points or an outline.You want to find one word from the text. Or one simple phrase in the text.This is...
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Sermon Prep is Not Merely a Human Endeavor: a Note to Self
It should be obvious, but the sermon prep process is not merely a human endeavor.We believe that the Holy Spirit is actively working in and through us as we craft our messages and as we deliver them.Or do we?I have a confession.When I was a young pre...
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The Scripture Introduction vs the Sermon Introduction: An Overlooked Distinction that Can Make a Big Difference in Sermon Impact.
The Scripture introduction is the very first part of the sermon.It comes before the text is read, before you pray, and before you start the main sermon introduction.The purpose of the Scripture introduction is to set the context of the passage in its...
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It's Monday and You Want to Quit: Do This Instead
The Monday BluesAs a pastor, I totally understand the Monday blues.After investing hours upon hours in Scripture study, wrestling with the text, writing, and rehearsing your presentation, you engage the heart and minds of the congregation on Sunday m...
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Progress > Perfection
I was incredibly grateful for the opportunity when I transitioned from church pastor to full-time seminary professor.But a low-grade anxiety lurked below the surface.I think it was a residual and besetting fear of failure that has plagued me all my l...
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