RICKS THOUGHTS ON “PREACHING ON PURPOSE”
- Nothing is a more powerful force in your church than the preaching.
- God’s purpose is to make us like Christ. (II Corinthians 3:18)
- God wants to bring conviction and change our conduct and character.
- “…that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.: II Timothy 3:16,17
- Teaching the Bible is not about is not ultimately producing maturity; it’s about ministry and mission.
- Application is what is lacking in most teaching.
- Our preaching needs to “build bridges” from the scripture to life.
HOW TO PREPARE TO PREACH ON PURPOSE
- Study the text. (observation)
- Find the timeless truth. (interpretation)
- Think of your audience. (contextualization)
- Apply the truth to their situation (personalization)
6 THINGS THAT ARE TRUE ABOUT ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE
- Everyone wants to be loved.
- Everyone wants their life to count.
- Everyone wants Christ.
- Everyone feels guilty.
- Everyone is consumed with bitterness over past hurt.
- Everyone is afraid of death.
- “A lot of times we think we are being deep and we are being muddy.”
- At least 50% of every New Testament books are scripture is application; don’t forget application!
10 THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT PREACHING ON PURPOSE
- All behavior is based on a belief. We do what we do (good or bad) because we believe something about the behavior.
- When we sin we think that is the best decision in the moment. When you figure out the lie behind the behavior you will be a better preacher.
- Change always starts in your mind.
- To help people change we must change their beliefs first. The battle of sin always starts with helping people to see the lie they believe. You must expose the lie.
- Trying to change people’s behavior without changing their beliefs is a waste of time.
- We need to lead people to repentance. Repentance is simply getting people to change their mind. Repentance is another term for a paradigm shift. “Metanoia” means to change your mind; it is not change you’re behavior.
- You don’t change people’s minds; the applied word of God does change their minds.
- Changing the way I act is the result or fruit of repentance.
- The “deepest” kind of preaching is preaching for repentance.
- To produce lasting life change: enlighten the mind, engage the emotions, and challenge the will.