Sermon Prep–Whole Person Preparation

Dr. David Prince offers three ways that preachers can do sermon prep as "whole persons".

By |February 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

3 Simple Suggestions about Sermon Illustrations

John Broadus in his classic preaching text, A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons asserts, “The importance of illustration in preaching is beyond expression. In numerous cases it is our best means of

By |July 29th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Andrew Fuller on Sermon Preparation and Notes

Below, I have enumerated some of Andrew Fuller’s (1754-1815) observations about sermon preparation and sermon notes from his letter on “The Composition of a Sermon.” Do not overload your memory with words. Write down a

By |July 15th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Every Sermon Should be On a Gospel Errand

After preaching for over 20 years and teaching preaching at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for close to 10 years, I have observed that many sermons fall flat because they lack a cohesive unity of design and thought. Many preaching students think of preaching simply as providing biblical information, which often leads many preachers to conceive of their sermon notes as their sermon. I spend a great deal of time convincing my preaching students that sermons are an oral event. Sermon notes and outlines are not sermons; rightly understood, they are merely tools to aid the preacher in oral proclamation. The sermon is what is said and not what is written. Envisioning preaching as simply stating aloud the resulting information of one’s exegetical study is a hindrance to an effective sermon. Where preaching is thought to be simply a transfer of information, the importance of face-to-face personal proclamation is devalued. Preaching is not simply the repetition of the biblical testimony or a summary of a portion of Scripture, but rather, it is the persuasive proclamation of Christ-centered biblical truth to a particular group of people in their concrete historical situation. Information-dump type sermons usually contain a great deal of true information, but it is presented in a disconnected and abstract fashion. There is often little awareness in sermons that the biblical narrative is a story and the biblical preaching text is a story within the larger gospel story.

By |February 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

What Do Your Sermon Notes Look Like?

Recently, David Prince sat down with Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention to talk preaching. With Pastor Jeremy Haskins moderating the discussion, Drs. Prince and Moore discussed

By |July 4th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Video|Tags: , , |

Billy Graham at Southern Seminary on Sermons & Sermon Prep

Thanks to David Attebury one of my excellent Southern Seminary preaching students for sending me to this amazing video of Billy Graham teaching at the SBTS First Congress of Evangelism on December 3, 1982. In

By |June 20th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Video|Tags: , , , |

Why is Living With the Text Important to Sermon Preparation?

Recently, David Prince sat down with Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention to talk preaching. With Pastor Jeremy Haskins moderating the discussion, Drs. Prince and Moore discussed

By |May 21st, 2014|Categories: Blog, Video|Tags: , , |

Why Is It Important to Make the Text Concrete?

Recently, David Prince sat down with Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention to talk preaching. With Pastor Jeremy Haskins moderating the discussion, Drs. Prince and Moore discussed

How Does Counseling Help Your Preaching?

Recently, David Prince sat down with Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention to talk preaching. With Pastor Jeremy Haskins moderating the discussion, Drs. Prince and Moore discussed

By |April 25th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Video|Tags: , , , |

Resurrecting Your Sermons

After the resurrection, the apostles began to understand that they were already a part of a new age in Christ, an eschatological kingdom-community, and that “in these last days he has spoken to us by

By |April 18th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |