“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” –2 Timothy 3:16-17
Sermon Series by the Rev. Dr. Peter J. Wallace
Some pastors take a long time to preach through a book. While this enables them to expound the details of the text effectively, it sometimes makes it difficult to keep the larger context in view. My approach is to preach relatively quickly through a book in order to keep the author’s central purpose in view. It also allows me to preach from a wide range of biblical books so that the congregation can hear the whole counsel of God. This model was followed by such great preachers as John Chrysostom (bishop of Constantinople in the early fifth century).
Augustine, the fifth century bishop of Hippo, expressed well my own thoughts about my sermons. “My preaching almost always displeases me. I eagerly long for something better, of which I often have an inward enjoyment in my thoughts before I can put them into audible words. Then when I find that my power of expression is not equal to my inner apprehension, I am grieved at the inability of my tongue to answer to my heart” (De Catech. Rudibus, ch. II. 3). If they are of use to Christ’s church, then I am content.
These sermons are presented here in their draft form. Many last minute editorial changes are done in pencil, and never make it into the electronic copy, and of course, the preached version never follows the manuscript precisely.
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