On Preaching

Wrote this 5 years ago but its principles are just as relevant now as they were then.

Richie Halversen

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Amos 8:11 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.

Whether we want to admit it or not preaching is a vital element to the life, and growth, of a church. According to Thom Ranier “The reason 90% of unchurched people choose a church is the pastor/preaching, (1). I am not suggesting that we do not challenge our over-dependence on the sermon in the service. However, we need to face reality. We can preach all day (pun intended) that the sermon should not be so important, but the reality is—it is. Effective preaching is essential to church growth. So how can we preach better sermons? Effective sermons take time, they are relevant, and they are evangelistic.

The most effective preachers spend 20+…

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