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Preaching Points: 10 Tips for Using Social Media to Support Your Preaching Ministry
by Mike Glenn

If you had told me 30 years ago when I was still in seminary that I would have staff members waiting for me to give them a part of my sermon in 140 characters or less, I wouldn’t have known what you were talking about. None of us would have. The digital and social media revolution that has developed in the span of three decades is overwhelming. Now, people don’t live without social media; more importantly, they don’t know how. Social media is where most of your congregation lives. If you’re not part of that conversation, you’re missing out on a major op...


My Life as a Suburban Church Planter
by Ross Lester

Yesterday, I had the rare privilege of sharing some thoughts with my brothers and sisters at the Acts 29 Global Gathering in Nashville, TN. It has been a remarkable time together and I love this family more than ever. I was tasked to speak for fifteen minutes on things I have learned as church planter and leader in a suburban context. For some reason, it seems to have struck a chord, and I hope and pray that it might prove useful to some. Below is the full transcript. Grace and peace.   My Life as a Suburban Church Planter: Acts 29 Global Gathering...


39 Essential Mobile Apps for Every Preacher
by Angela Bainter

Every week you work to prepare a home run sermon while juggling the other demands of a pastor, which often keep you on the go. If you struggle to find time to sit down and prepare an entire sermon, this list of mobile sermon prep resources will transform the way you write your sermons. We did the research on a wide range of mobile apps and narrowed them down to the top 39 essential mobile apps for preaching that you can turn to whenever and wherever you are inspired to study, research, and write your sermons. From Bible study apps to lexicons to writing tools, we’ve covered the gamut ...


The Preacher’s Cheat-Sheet
by Tim Challies

Preparing a sermon is one of the most gratifying and the most difficult tasks you’ll ever face. There is joy in finding meaning in the text, in finding structure, in developing just the right outline, in discovering the perfect illustration. But there is also labor and, at times, intense spiritual warfare. I am a relative newcomer to preaching and as I’ve prepared sermons I’ve relied on others to teach me how to pray and how to prepare. Here are two lists that have been very helpful to me. I combine them into what I affectionately call my Preacher’s Cheat-Sheet. ...


Help! My Sermon Application Is Stuck in a Rut
by Matthew Harmon

When it comes to the sermon preparation process, application is often one of the most challenging aspects. But if we're honest, we can easily fall into a rut. No matter what the main thrust of the passage is, we can find ourselves gravitating to our favorite hobby horse issues. Or we fall back on generic application points like reading the Bible or praying more (both of which are important!). So how do we break out of this rut? First, we need a holistic view of application. Second, we need to analyze our audience. Third, we need to consider both individual and corporate applications...


Building a Preaching Team – Part II: Calendars, Rhythms and Getting Everyone on the Same Page
by Ross Lester

Some time ago I wrote about some of the reasons that we were beginning to pursue a preaching team strategy at BBC. You can find that article here. It got a fairly significant and diverse response from right across the world. The responses mixed from applause to cynicism, but behind all of those responses lay a few common questions. How are you actually going to implement that? How does it all work in practicali...


3 Questions to Ask before You Do Anything the Bible Tells You to Do
by Brian Fletcher

Whenever I read a passage of Scripture, whether it's in my personal devotions or to prepare for a study, my first question is always, ''What am I supposed to do?'' Now, there is nothing wrong with this question. Each passage of Scripture does have some call to action. God does have a lot of stuff for you to do today. However, this should not be the first question we ask of a passage, it should be the last. This morning I read Psalm 119:57-59, 57 The Lord is my portion;...


Building a Preaching Team: How and Why We Have Changed Our Preaching Calendar
by Ross Lester

Quite a few people have spoken to me about how they have noticed that the preaching calendar has changed at BBC this year. I have even had some chirps (well meaning I am sure) asking me if I have retired, or if I am being disciplined, as people aren't seeing as much of me in the pulpit as they used to. I thought it would be helpful to be explicit on what we are trying to accomplish through the changes. Over the past few years God has done some amazing stuff in the congregation known as Bryanston Bible Church. This has resulted in a steady numerical growth leading us to launch new se...


Learning to Read All over Again
by Cory Mansfield

In this fascinating excerpt from John Piper’s new book, Reading the Bible Supernaturally, we learn how Pastor John learned to read, to really read at the age of 22. In this brief excerpt we will be encouraged and challenged to question how we read the Scriptures, and then to dig in again to have our eyes opened to the truths of the text that have been there all along. No matter how old we are, it’s never too late to learn how to read again.   How Did I Learn to Read at Age Twenty-Two? ...


Preaching the Old Testament
by Dr. Brian Fletcher

How often do you preach from the Old Testament? Do you find it easier to stick to the New Testament? The history of redemption doesn't start with the birth of Jesus, it starts in Genesis 1 and continues throughout the Old Testament and all the way to Revelation 22. Here are just a few reasons to encourage you to preach from the Old Testament. I hope you find them helpful and trust that the Spirit of God will guide you in your preaching. 1. We should preach the Whole Counsel of God ''All Scripture is breathed out by God...'' The apostle Paul exhorts his young church planter T...