Read this parable from Charles Spurgeon. HT: Trevin Wax
Does the reason why going to the house of God has become so distasteful to a great many of the population lie in this direction? I believe it does. Have our Lord’s servants been chopping up their own odds and ends and tainted bits to make therewith a potted meat for the millions; and do the millions therefore turn away? Listen to the rest of my parable.
I don’t know about your church, but I know mine. And I think each and every church needs good preaching. Good in the sense that the preacher really does preaches God’s Word, I’ve heard far too many sermons that likes to tell stories rather than expounding the text, or preachers who like to show how “innovative” they can be at interpreting a text, often trying to come out with novel interpretations that were never present in text originally.
Our churches are dying, we need faithful preachers, good preachers who will work hard at understanding the text, delivering good application found inside the text and depending heavily on God in prayer for His help through it all. God help us, and raise a generation of faithful preachers.
One good book that taught me what good preaching constitutes is “Why Johnny can’t preach” You should get a copy and read this if you’re a preacher. One other book I hope to read and do a review soon would be Expository Preaching by David Helm.
What about you? What do you think the Church needs? What books would you recommend on expository preaching?