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Homiletics Lesson 5

CALVARY Baptist CHURCH
SCHOOL of the BIBLE
Homiletics Lesson Five
Instructor: Colin Pavitt


HOMILETICS: WHAT PREACHING IS

Definitions

Carl Krummingo: “Preaching is the proclamation of the Word of God to men by men under assignment from God. It is the ordained means for the transmission of the word of God to the world and serves also as an official means of grace for the edification of the Church of Christ.”

Philip Brookes: “Preaching is the communication of truth by man to men.”

  • IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

To Children Genesis 18:19 Deut 11:19

Every seven years the law expounded. Deut 31:9-13

During Revivals 2 Chron 15:3 2 Chron 17:7-9 2 Chron 35:1-4

After the Exile Nehemiah 8:15 – 18

In the Old Testament two types of preachers: The Prophet The Levite

  • IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

30 different words used to describe the preaching of John the Baptist, The Lord and the Apostles

– Meaning is Mainly = To herald, to proclaim, to publish, to teach.

Note the transition from Apostles to Pastors.

1 Tim 4:13-14 2 Tim 2:14 2 Tim 3:14 2 Tim 4:5

Preaching is:

1. The Way in which God’s Will is known and declared.

Black “The opening out of the mind and will of God.”

2. The way in which God reaches men.

Matt 28:19-20 The Acts 1 Cor 1:21

Preaching to men’s condition.

3. The way in which God brings His word to “Here and Now.”

2 Tim 3:16 Acts 8:30 and 31


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4. It is the application of truth through PERSONALITY,

The Word + The Spirit + The Preacher 1 Thess 1:5

5. It is the application of truth through personality to people.

Acts 10:44 it is a LIVING TRANSACTION.

6. It is the Way of distributing the Master’s bounty.

John 20:15-17

7. It is the means of giving stability and strength to the Church.

Dr M. Lloyd-Jones “Preaching is the primary job of the Church……. everything else is subsidiary to this”

THE IMPORTANCE OF PREACHING IS SEEN:

1: Because of the subjects it deals with.

2: Because of its results.

3: Because of its demands (on the preacher).

4: Because the preacher is often the only one knowing and saying the truth.

5: Because of the terrible effects of its abuse.


Homiletics – Giving Your Testimony

“It’s a good way to begin preaching.” ( Mark 5:19 )

A Christian should be able to state the following.

1: What God has done For Him.
2: What God has done In Him.
3: What God has done Through Him.

A Testimony tells others of God’s saving grace in the believer’s heart it involves.

  • Telling how he came to hear the gospel
  • Telling how he made a commitment
  • Telling what has happened since the commitment

A testimony has been greatly used of God / Many have come to Christ through this.

A testimony is given prominent place in scripture. (Psalm 66:16)
(Psalm 107:1-2)

There are six accounts of Paul’s testimony in the New Testament.

  1. The historical account. (Acts 9:1-16)
  2. The testimony of Paul to the crowd. (Acts 22:1-13)
  3. The testimony of Paul before Agrippa. (Acts 26:12-18)
  4. The testimony of Paul to what God had done for him. (Gal 1:12-16)
  5. The testimony of Paul to God’s grace over human merit. (Phil 3:4-9)
  6. The testimony of Paul’s pattern of conversion. (1 Timothy 1:12-17)

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METHOD OF GIVING TESTIMONY

1: The Introduction: Do not be apologetic, make it clear that “I am glad to be here and testify to my own personal experience of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ.”

2: Avoid the two extremes of Over exaggeration or artificial humility.

3: Be careful not to over advertise yourself but exhort Christ.

4: Re-call some personal details of your testimony this makes it different to all others.

The Outline:

1: Explain HOW you came to hear the gospel.
2: Explain YOUR spiritual awakening.
3: Explain How you KNOW you are saved.
4: Be Short and to the Point.

“Point 4 is of extreme importance
– Giving a testimony is NOT being the preacher for the night
— That is the task of the appointed preacher
– Testimonies as stated should be short and to the point”


NEW TESTAMENT TEXTUAL COMPARISON SERMONS

Introduction: This is a format which is a variant of a genuine textual sermon. No study on homiletics would be complete without taking a look at this. Some of the principles found here are can also be used in typological sermons which will be covered in another study. This sermon is a good addition to the preacher’s armoury to equip him with variety in his preaching.

1) This form of textual sermon can be readily employed when preaching from the four gospels – But also other portions of the NT.

2) This form of textual sermon draws ON COMPARISONS of what we know to be true and set alongside particular incidents often involving our Lord himself.

3) This form of textual sermon needs to be thought out thoroughly and the comparisons made need to be real and definite. There is a danger with this form of textual sermons that imagination can run riot and true justice is not then done to the text being preached.

4) This form of textual sermon is very powerful when often associated with the miracles of Christ.

5) This form of textual sermon can throw huge light on various gospel incidents-it can make them become real and poignant to the here and now and the age we live in without Compromise or modernising the word of God in anyway whatsoever.

As Will Be Seen, The Keywords in Our Homiletical Headings Are “JUST AS” and each heading could start with these Words

Of course this is not set in stone, and other words could also be employed, providing the preaching does justice to the text, and remembers the heart of the message is COMPARISON.


The following would be a scriptural

Example of a
New Testament Scriptural Comparison Sermon:

MARK 10 VERSES 46-52
“Comparison Between Blind Bartimaeus And The Sinner Today”

1) JUST AS Bartimaeus was BLIND and BEGGING

– So the Sinner today without Christ is Blind and a Beggar. (v46)

2) JUST AS Bartimaeus had to HEAR about Jesus

– So the Sinner today has to Hear about Jesus. (v47)

3) JUST AS Bartimaeus had to CRY OUT to Jesus

– So the Sinner today has to cry out to Jesus to be saved. (v47)

4) JUST AS Bartimaeus HAD OPPOSITION when he sought Jesus

– So the Sinner today will have opposition if they desire to seek Jesus. (v48a)


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5) JUST AS Bartimaeus showed he meant business with Jesus

– So the Sinner today will need to be serious about seeking Jesus. (v48b)

“But he cried the more a great deal”

6) JUST AS Bartimaeus caused the God of Heaven to Stand Still

– So the Sinner today reaching out for Jesus will cause Jesus to stand still. (v49a)

7) JUST AS Bartimaeus was CALLED by Jesus

– So the Sinner today has to be called by Jesus. (v49a)

8) JUST AS Bartimaeus had to LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND when he came to Jesus

– So the Sinner today has to repent and leave behind their old life. (v50)

9) JUST AS Bartimaeus was healed BY FAITH ALONE

– So the Sinner today has to be forgiven by Faith Alone. (v52a)

10) JUST AS Bartimaeus received IMMEDIATE Healing and Salvation

– So the Sinner today having faith receives immediate Salvation. (v52b)

11) JUST AS Bartimaeus became a Follower of Jesus

– So the Sinner today once saved should become a disciple of Christ. (v52c)