Preaching: A love story

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

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Preaching: A love story

  1. 1. The Joy of Preaching More !an a lecture, but Spi"tual Vibrancy
  2. 2. Preaching: A Love Story By De"ck R. Dickens
  3. 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. 4. Yet, !ey ju# don't under#and
  5. 5. The beginning of my journey
  6. 6. At 15 I became a Christian
  7. 7. At 15 I became a Christian I $dn't even know John 3:16
  8. 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. 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. 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. 11. But I found a desert
  12. 12. There were fun and games
  13. 13. But I needed more
  14. 14. I was growing hungry and thirsty
  15. 15. I was growing hungry and thirsty and nothing met my need
  16. 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. 17. I needed help
  18. 18. But I wasn't %&ing any help
  19. 19. But I wasn't %&ing any help Was Ch"#ianity !' (allow? Were we !at t"te?
  20. 20. How was I chan%d forever?
  21. 21. I discovered solid Biblical Preaching
  22. 22. The Sermons Were verse by verse from the Bible! Taught me Scripture! Demonstrated careful study of God's Word
  23. 23. The more the pastor taught...
  24. 24. The more the pastor taught... *e more I grew
  25. 25. The more the pastor taught... *e more I grew The more he taught...
  26. 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. 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. 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. 29. Forever, O LORD, y,r word ' firmly fixed in + heavens - Psalms 119:89 (ESV)
  30. 30. Y,r Word ' a lamp to my feet and a light to my pa! - Psalms 119:105 (ESV)
  31. 31. I began to see... God as much more magnificent ! The Bible clearer! My complete need of Jesus
  32. 32. And I Worshipped God
  33. 33. I experienced...
  34. 34. I experienced... Joy in my Salvation
  35. 35. I experienced... Joy in my Salvation An Awe of Jehovah
  36. 36. I experienced... Joy in my Salvation An Awe of Jehovah Tears over my sin
  37. 37. I experienced... Joy in my Salvation An Awe of Jehovah Tears over my sin Brokenness
  38. 38. I experienced... Joy in my Salvation An Awe of Jehovah Tears over my sin Brokenness An overwhelming sense of God's grace
  39. 39. And I grew in spiritual vibrance! my love for God! my dedication to Jesus! and my knowledge of my great God
  40. 40. I fell in love with preaching
  41. 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. 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. 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. 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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