Whitefield’s impact cannot be overstated. He led a host of men and women to Jesus Christ and was instrumental in revival on both sides of the ocean. In an era where there was a “noticeable depression of both inner power and of appealing interest,”[iv] Whitefield’s preaching stood in sharp contrast. His preaching continues to provide principles to ponder in our twenty-first century context.
The main homiletical idea is the central point derived from exegeting the text. This main idea is what ties the sermon together. Whitefield’s employment of this principle is exemplified in a sermon he preaches on Genesis 3:15, where he announces to his hearers that he is going to tell them “good news” and show them how their first parents “came to stand in need of this promise, and what is the extent of the meaning.” In this and his other sermons, Whitefield was careful to make the main idea clear.
Something has always puzzled me: why in the world is “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” such a beloved and often sung Christmas song? Even more, why would anyone teach it or sing it to their children? The song is nothing more than fuel for good nightmares. “You better watch out. You better not cry. […]
Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves Downers Grove: IVP, 2012. 135 pp. Does the mere mention of the doctrine of the Trinity cause you to grasp your forehead in pain? Is the doctrine of the Trinity something you whole-heartedly embrace, but see little relevance to your […]
I wonder how many of us are more like the Galatian church than we would care to admit. How often do we think, even subconsciously, that something must be added to the perfect finished work of Christ? Paul chides the Galatians regarding how they received the Spirit. Was it by works of the law or […]