Preaching Through Podcast

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Pastors are planning, preparing, and preaching in isolation. It is not that they don’t have trusted friends and family around them – they do. The isolation they are facing is in their own ministry where they play multiple positions, fill multiple roles, and feel they do not have anyone else to share the burden of preaching and teaching with. The Preaching Through podcast is the conversation that takes place when pastors come together to encourage one another to grow, challenging each other’s ability to communicate the Gospel. Each episode gives you a seat table with ministry leaders exploring how to plan and prepare to preach through topics, books, and subjects that are central to following Jesus in 21st Century America.

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How to Shorten Your Sermon Length and Preaching Time
6d ago
How to Shorten Your Sermon Length and Preaching Time
Send us a Text Message.Are you struggling to keep your sermons concise yet powerful? Preaching is an art form that you can improve in over time and the practice of shaving down your sermon lengths while striving to maintain impact is a discipline that will help you continue to preach with a punch over the long-haul.Maintaining audience engagement, effortless transition into response time, and integrating the sermon better with the overall flow of the service is often an overflow of a sermon that is the perfect length for the message. It may appear that we want 'shorter sermons' but truthfully what we want to be able to do is make every minute count. Whether it's a 25, 30, 35, or even 50 minute sermon, if you've been intentional in your preparation, challenged yourself to make the most of every minute, and only use the words that are necessary, you'll find that all the benefits you want will follow.In this episode of Preaching Through Podcast we explore practical tips like illustrating every point, rehearsing your sermon, rediscovering teh love of preaching, and ultimately using the moments before Sunday to maximize every moment on Sunday.Whether you're a seasoned preacher or just starting out, this episode will inspire you to approach your sermon preparation with renewed intentionality and passion. Be challenged to say more with less and ultimately lead your congregation to a deeper encounter with Jesus. If you're up for discovering the sweet spot of time preached and interesting content, you'll love this episode with guest speaker, Pastor Chad Francis. Connect with Chad on Twitter, https://x.com/chadafrancis.Discover all of our free resources: https://faithfruit.us/podcast-linksAdditional questions about this topic? Email us at info@faithfulandfruitful.com.Preaching Through is powered by Faithful & Fruitful, leadership resources for pastors so they can have a faithful and fruitful ministry over the long-haul.
Preaching Through Sermon Illustrations
Jun 11 2024
Preaching Through Sermon Illustrations
Send us a Text Message.Sermon illustrations are vital for making biblical truths come alive in a way that will stick with listeners over the long-haul. Yet, illustration ideas is an ongoing struggle for many preachers. Uncovering an illustration that effectively shines a light on the text and seasons the message is not just a key discipline of message prep, but it is an art form.If all an illustration was good for was to help make key truths real, tangible, and applicable to modern life, it would be enough. But illustrations actually play a huge role in the overall delivery in the message by way of pacing and dynamic. A great illustration will serve double duty by connecting God's Word to real life and provide a 'commercial break' in the sermon for the brain to reset, regroup, and ready itself for the next section of the message. The Bible itself is full of illustrations, from Genesis to Revelation, and packed right in the middle of it all is Jesus, the master illustrator. If the Holy Spirit inspired the biblical authors to capture the illustrative messages of their day we ought to be ready to step into the same practices for our day. But illustrations are tough and they don't just 'happen' by chance. In this episode of Preaching Through Podcast we'll dive into sources for illustrations, how to catalog illustrations, and insights for making the most of the illustrations that show up on your sermons. Captivating illustrations flow from a preacher who is passionate about connecting God's timeless truths to the listener. If that's something you believe is worth doing well you will love this episode with guest speaker, Pastor Dan Keaton. Connect with Dan on Twitter, https://x.com/dankeaton. Discover all of our free resources: https://faithfruit.us/podcast-linksAdditional questions about this topic? Email us at info@faithfulandfruitful.com.Preaching Through is powered by Faithful & Fruitful, leadership resources for pastors so they can have a faithful and fruitful ministry over the long-haul.
Preaching Through Sermon Introductions
Mar 12 2024
Preaching Through Sermon Introductions
Send us a Text Message.A killer introduction is critical for getting people to not just listen to your sermon... but actually care about the message you're about to share. A rookie preacher can captivate attention with a strong introduction as easily as a veteran preacher can lose people without a thoughtful and thought provoking introduction.In this episode, we listen to and analyze examples of five different types of introductions, from incorporating humor to asking engaging questions. We'll also analyze what it is about these introductions that make them work so you can steal each approach and improve this crucial element of your messages. The goal of an introduction is to immediately grip the hearts and minds of the listeners amid many distractions (i.e., cell phones) vying for their attention. Creativity, variety, and relying on the Holy Spirit’s leading is key. While introductions are important, equally crucial is making the rest of the sermon pay off through strong argumentation and connecting it back to the main idea. Keep leveling up preaching skills by checking out the resources at faithfulandfruitful.com.The Preaching Lab - https://faithfulandfruitful.com/preaching-curriculum/Preaching Through the 4Gs - https://ptpodcast.buzzsprout.com/2016775/14621611Preaching Through Camps and Conferences - https://ptpodcast.buzzsprout.com/2016775/13578103Discover all of our free resources: https://faithfruit.us/podcast-linksAdditional questions about this topic? Email us at info@faithfulandfruitful.com.Preaching Through is powered by Faithful & Fruitful, leadership resources for pastors so they can have a faithful and fruitful ministry over the long-haul.
Preaching Through God's Greatness, Gloriousness, Goodness, Graciousness
Mar 5 2024
Preaching Through God's Greatness, Gloriousness, Goodness, Graciousness
Send us a Text Message.We all tend to shrink God down to size in our minds, crafting Him into a more comfortable and understandable being. But in today's episode, the focus is on expanding the vision of who God truly is in all His greatness, glory, goodness, and grace. We will unpack the profound implications wrapped up in what we call “the 4 Gs.” Even if you don’t preach an entire series on them, these God-centered truths can revolutionize how you communicate the gospel.The main points of the 4 Gs are: God is great, so we don't have to be in control. Understanding God's power allows us to trust Him instead of trying to control everything. God is glorious, so we don't have to fear others. Recognizing God's majesty makes other people seem less intimidating. God is good, so we don't need to look elsewhere for satisfaction. God is the ultimate source of joy and fulfillment. God is gracious, so we don't have to prove ourselves. We can rest in God's grace rather than striving to earn worth.These good news truths should show up in our sermons again and again and feel familiar to your audience and core to your teaching. Repeating these aspects of God’s character reminds people of who God really is, and each one addresses a common struggle that comes from failing to see God properly. When we fail to regularly remind people of who God really is, it is human nature to fill that gap with our own thoughts and ideas, building a version in our minds that is often a lot like ourselves. It takes consistent reminders for our congregation not to lose sight of the true character of God.Hearing about the 4 Gs should stir the soul and shape the way the gospel is preached. We must continually proclaim His greatness, glory, goodness, and grace until they saturate every fiber of our being. "You Can Change" by Tim Chesterhttps://amzn.to/3wBS9l7"When People are Big and God is Small" by Ed Welchhttps://amzn.to/3wGgBC4Discover all of our free resources: https://faithfruit.us/podcast-linksAdditional questions about this topic? Email us at info@faithfulandfruitful.com.Preaching Through is powered by Faithful & Fruitful, leadership resources for pastors so they can have a faithful and fruitful ministry over the long-haul.
Preaching Through Your Sermon Points
Feb 27 2024
Preaching Through Your Sermon Points
Send us a Text Message.Whether you're a seasoned preacher or just starting out, a clear sermon structure is crucial for effectively communicating biblical truth. In today's episode, we'll be breaking down the essential architecture of an impactful sermon point. You'll discover the key elements that must be included to captivate your listeners' attention, convince them of the truth, inspire life change, and pave a smooth path from start to finish. We all know the difference between a disjointed, meandering sermon and one that feels focused and purposeful and the goal of this episode is to equip you with a clear blueprint to preach compelling, persuasive sermons that transform hearts and lives each week.The main components of a sermon point are: - a clear one-sentence statement- an explanation of what that statement means- argumentation making the case for why the point is true using Scripture- an illustration through a story or example to make it concrete- application to bring the point home to real life- and a transition to shift smoothly to the next part of the sermon. For new preachers, follow this structure until you master it. Then you can adapt it as needed. Seasoned preachers may need a refresher on using all these elements.Having a reliable sermon structure allows the preacher a stronger sense of empowerment in the delivery because of a guiding framework during preparation. Just like following a well-designed floor plan when building a house, implementing these sermon architecture fundamentals will lead to solid, enduring communication. While creativity and personal style still have plenty of room to shine through, your underlying structure needs to facilitate clarity and persuasion. Whether your next sermon has one point or five, test out these sermon architecture basics and see what a difference they make. When people can easily follow where you're taking them, you have a captivated audience eager to apply God's truth.Sermon Architecture Toolhttps://faithfruit.link/architecture"You Can Change" by Tim Chesterhttps://amzn.to/3STfoyDBONUS EPISODE: How to Prepare A Sermonhttps://faithfruit.link/prepare-a-sermonDiscover all of our free resources: https://faithfruit.us/podcast-linksAdditional questions about this topic? Email us at info@faithfulandfruitful.com.Preaching Through is powered by Faithful & Fruitful, leadership resources for pastors so they can have a faithful and fruitful ministry over the long-haul.
Preaching Through Your Voice
Feb 20 2024
Preaching Through Your Voice
Send us a Text Message.Do you sometimes feel like an imposter when you step into the pulpit? Like you're trying to imitate other preachers rather than preaching as your authentic self? Finding your unique preaching voice can free you up to genuinely pastor your flock. Yes, the sound of your voice has something to do with it... but it's really much more than that! It is your personality, passions, delivery style, and other nuances about you that come together to form the authentic you in the pulpit. It's not just about the sound of your voice, but encompasses personality, passion areas, and delivery style. Imitation is a great place to start when discovering your voice (or discovering new parts of your preaching voice) but it's a terrible place to end. It's like learning to speak - kids naturally imitate sounds around them as part of the process. In this episode of Preaching Through Podcast get insights for integrating who you naturally are with the preaching tasks God has called you to. Try new things, employ different methods, get feedback, and land on what fits.Whether you're funny or serious, subdued or animated, you'll pick up practical guidance on how to preach as the unique preacher God made you to be.Discover all of our free resources: https://faithfruit.us/podcast-linksAdditional questions about this topic? Email us at info@faithfulandfruitful.com.Preaching Through is powered by Faithful & Fruitful, leadership resources for pastors so they can have a faithful and fruitful ministry over the long-haul.
Preaching Through Books of the Bible
Feb 13 2024
Preaching Through Books of the Bible
Send us a Text Message.Preaching through an entire book of the Bible can seem daunting. How do you keep people engaged week after week? What if you hit confusing passages or genealogies? And how slow should you take it - verse by verse or breezing through larger sections?In this episode of Preaching Through Podcast we tackle all of the key decisions preachers face when planning a sermon series for preaching through books of the Bible:Why teach sequentially and what benefits does it offer congregations?Determining pace and chunk size based on the book's contentBreaking up longer series over time to add diversityProviding context in early sermons without needing an overviewSummarizing stories well while pulling out key themesStocking up on commentaries and resources in advanceThe goal is to move past any intimidation factor while gaining confidence to handle longer blocks of Scripture faithfully. While the content if this episode represents just one way you could approach preaching through books of the Bible, you should be able to capture some practical tips for preaching the content in manageable, compelling, and understandable ways.Whether you naturally preach verse by verse or prefer shorter topical series, this episode will equip you to better explore and teach the riches found in God's Word from Genesis to Revelation.Resources mentioned in this episode:Move: What 1000 Churches Reveal about Spiritual Growth by Greg L. Hawkins and Cally Parkinsonhttps://amzn.to/48a4URaPreaching Through A Sermon Calendarhttps://faithfruit.link/ocy06xsHow to Prepare A Sermonhttps://faithfruit.link/4gx6ou8Bestcommentaries.com A website that provides reviews and rankings of Bible commentaries for various books of the Bible.The Bible ProjectA nonprofit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. https://faithfruit.link/uats01Discover all of our free resources: https://faithfruit.us/podcast-linksAdditional questions about this topic? Email us at info@faithfulandfruitful.com.Preaching Through is powered by Faithful & Fruitful, leadership resources for pastors so they can have a faithful and fruitful ministry over the long-haul.
Preaching Through A Big Change
Jan 29 2024
Preaching Through A Big Change
Send us a Text Message.New lead pastor? Merging with another congregation? Sharing some disappointing news that impacts everyone? Changing the name of your church? Most preachers will experience the responsibility of preaching through a big change that impacts everyone in their congregation and leading change is rarely easy and seamless.But doing it well it's essential if you hope to thrive on the other side of change.As leaders, we're called to help our people navigate change and to see the opportunities that lie ahead. But how do we do that? How do we communicate change in a way that's clear, compelling, and compassionate?In this episode we take a look at what lead pastors may want to be considering as they preach through big changes in the church. We'll discuss the difference between change and transition, and we'll give you some practical tips for communicating change effectively. We'll also talk about the importance of caring for your people during times of change, and we'll share some stories of churches that have successfully navigated big changes.So if you're facing a big change in your church, this episode is for you. We hope you'll join us as we explore how to preach through big changes.In this episode, you'll learn:* The difference between change and transition* How to communicate change effectively* The importance of caring for your people during times of change* Stories of churches that have successfully navigated big changesAs you prepare to lead your church into the future, this episode is here as a resource for you to navigate through that process and hopefully come out stronger on the other side.Discover all of our free resources: https://faithfruit.us/podcast-linksAdditional questions about this topic? Email us at info@faithfulandfruitful.com.Preaching Through is powered by Faithful & Fruitful, leadership resources for pastors so they can have a faithful and fruitful ministry over the long-haul.
Preaching Through Your First Year
Nov 7 2023
Preaching Through Your First Year
Send us a Text Message.You're at a new church...Maybe you planted it.Or, maybe you're stepping into a new role at an already established church.What should that first year of preaching look like? Are there principles to help you navigate building your preaching calendar, naming your sermon series, or setting up your weekly sermon?We think there are!In this episode of Preaching Through Podcast we talk about keys to preaching well during your first year at a new church. You only get one chance to make as strong first impression and that means the impression you present from the pulpit during the first year is vital to get right.Listen to learn about establishing your preaching identity, how to frame your sermons in a way that members will want to invite their friends, as well as insights into leveraging your time both in studying and preparing for each message as well as finding other guest preachers you can share the load with as you seek to be a good steward of every moment during this first year in a new situation.Every moment matters but the moments experienced in your first year at a new church will help set the tone for what is to follow and we hope this episode helps you make every moment count.Discover all of our free resources: https://faithfruit.us/podcast-linksAdditional questions about this topic? Email us at info@faithfulandfruitful.com.Preaching Through is powered by Faithful & Fruitful, leadership resources for pastors so they can have a faithful and fruitful ministry over the long-haul.