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Preaching: A love story

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Preaching is an essential element of the church and this is my love story of it. …

Preaching is an essential element of the church and this is my love story of it.

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  • 1. The Joy of Preaching More !an a lecture, but Spi"tual Vibrancy
  • 2. Preaching: A Love Story By De"ck R. Dickens
  • 3. Some have made less of preaching "People won't sit for more than 20 minutes"! "We should make our preaching 'seeker sensitive'"! "Preaching is antiquated"
  • 4. Yet, !ey ju# don't under#and
  • 5. The beginning of my journey
  • 6. At 15 I became a Christian
  • 7. At 15 I became a Christian I $dn't even know John 3:16
  • 8. At 15 I became a Christian I $dn't even know John 3:16 I truly was a baby in Christ, a child needing milk
  • 9. At 15 I became a Christian I $dn't even know John 3:16 I truly was a baby in Christ, a child needing milk A soul needing nourishment
  • 10. At 15 I became a Christian I $dn't even know John 3:16 I truly was a baby in Christ, a child needing milk A soul needing nourishment And I was hungry
  • 11. But I found a desert
  • 12. There were fun and games
  • 13. But I needed more
  • 14. I was growing hungry and thirsty
  • 15. I was growing hungry and thirsty and nothing met my need
  • 16. I needed the nourishment that came from God's Word "But it was difficult to understand."! "How did it fit together?"! "How could I ever grasp it?"
  • 17. I needed help
  • 18. But I wasn't %&ing any help
  • 19. But I wasn't %&ing any help Was Ch"#ianity !' (allow? Were we !at t"te?
  • 20. How was I chan%d forever?
  • 21. I discovered solid Biblical Preaching
  • 22. The Sermons Were verse by verse from the Bible! Taught me Scripture! Demonstrated careful study of God's Word
  • 23. The more the pastor taught...
  • 24. The more the pastor taught... *e more I grew
  • 25. The more the pastor taught... *e more I grew The more he taught...
  • 26. The more the pastor taught... *e more I grew The more he taught... *e more I sat in awe and wonder of God
  • 27. The more the pastor taught... *e more I grew The more he taught... *e more I sat in awe and wonder of God The more he taught...
  • 28. The more the pastor taught... *e more I grew The more he taught... *e more I sat in awe and wonder of God The more he taught... *e more I loved + Bible and God
  • 29. Forever, O LORD, y,r word ' firmly fixed in + heavens - Psalms 119:89 (ESV)
  • 30. Y,r Word ' a lamp to my feet and a light to my pa! - Psalms 119:105 (ESV)
  • 31. I began to see... God as much more magnificent ! The Bible clearer! My complete need of Jesus
  • 32. And I Worshipped God
  • 33. I experienced...
  • 34. I experienced... Joy in my Salvation
  • 35. I experienced... Joy in my Salvation An Awe of Jehovah
  • 36. I experienced... Joy in my Salvation An Awe of Jehovah Tears over my sin
  • 37. I experienced... Joy in my Salvation An Awe of Jehovah Tears over my sin Brokenness
  • 38. I experienced... Joy in my Salvation An Awe of Jehovah Tears over my sin Brokenness An overwhelming sense of God's grace
  • 39. And I grew in spiritual vibrance! my love for God! my dedication to Jesus! and my knowledge of my great God
  • 40. I fell in love with preaching
  • 41. “What is the chief end of preaching? I like to think it is this: It is to give men and women a sense of God and His presence.” ~ Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • 42. “The preaching of Christ is the whip that flogs the devil.The preaching of Christ is the thunderbolt, the sound of which makes all hell shake.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
  • 43. ”The preacher is not a chef; he's a waiter. God doesn't want you to make the meal; He just wants you to deliver it to the table without messing it up.That's all.” ~ John MacArthur
  • 44. Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2, ESV)

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