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What is Biblical Preaching? A New Series, starting with Kyle Idleman

Southeast Christian Church Teaching Pastor is the first in a new series

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As early as Acts 2, Luke wrote that Christians were devoted to, “the apostles’ teaching,” which has at least something to do with what we would call “biblical preaching” today. Many scholars believe that much of the New Testament came from sermons that first were preached then written down to form our Bible. And before that, Jesus’s own ministry was marked by His preaching (Matthew 4:17, 23; Matthew 5-7; Mark 1:15; Luke 11 – just to name a few).

Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection was the turning point of history. But unless that good news is proclaimed—and proclaimed in fresh, relevant ways to each new generation in their specific time and place—it is in danger of remaining merely a historical fact. God’s plan to keep the gospel alive and transformative for people in every generation is for preachers to faithfully proclaim it (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).

So at its core, biblical preaching should always be the gospel, God’s good news about Jesus. I’m aware that most of you who are reading this already understand the foundation of the Gospel and the blueprint of the New Testament letters in answering the question “What is Biblical Preaching?” So, allow me to address two other factors that are connected to biblical preaching but often overlooked:

  1. The unique personality of the preacher
  2. The distinct perspective of the audience

One of my favorite ways to think about preaching is Phillips Brooks’ well-known definition, “Truth through personality.” According to Brooks, every preacher will—and should—preach God’s Word a little bit differently. It’s His truth through who he made me to be. Though we would never …

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