Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 in Blog, General | 6 comments

When you study classic books on preaching there is a phrase you find called: Truth through personality.

What this means is that we all have the same Truth and that Truth is preached through our individual personality.  This is why you see different styles and emphases of preaching.

In other words preachers are not drones. Our great God and Savior made us with different personalities and different theological emphases which is manifest in our preaching.

What’s the point?

#1 Don’t try to emulate another preacher’s style and message when you preach.

#2 Trust the Lord to develop the style He wants you to have as you pursue preaching.

#3 While we all may share the same soteriological view don’t hesitate to make another aspect of Scripture your interest and the subject of your preaching.

#4 At some point you will have a distinct style.  See it as a gift from the Lord.

#5 Enjoy the time of the Lord teaching and guiding you along your path to becoming a fruitful proclaimer of His Truth.

#6 Study homiletics.  See what the past masters of preaching have written about the art and science of preparing and preaching sermons.


6 Responses to “Open Air Preaching: Truth through Personality”

  1. Kevin Garcia

    Excellent! So very true, thanks for the reminder.
    May the Lord keep us from this temptation and help us find our unique way of communicating the ONE message of salvation.
    And yes, homiletics do matter!!!

    July 27th, 2018 Reply
  2. John Fedock

    Other than the obvious “Preaching and Preachers” by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, what are some of the best homiletics books that y’all have come across — especially the older ones, or at least anything prior to ~2000?

    July 27th, 2018 Reply
  3. Trevor Keam

    Great instruction here!. Here in NZ we are facing issues like euthenasia and other issues peculiar to NZ I zero in on these but as Spurgeon said “ open up ‘a text’ and make a beeline to the Lord Jesus” Trevor Keam

    July 27th, 2018 Reply
  4. billadams

    John, here’s a list:
    “The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages: Biblical Preaching” by Haddon Robinson
    “On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons” by John A Broadus.
    “Between Two Worlds” by John Stott.
    “The Imperative of Preaching” by John Carrick.
    “Christ Centered preaching” by Bryan Chapell.
    “Preaching with Bold Assurance” by Hershael York.
    “Evangelical Eloquence” by R.L. Dabney.
    “The Joy of Preaching” by Phillips Brooks.

    July 28th, 2018 Reply

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