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.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE CHURCH THAT JESUS BUILDS By Tim Smith I have been involved in churches since I was born 54 years ago, but I have NEVER heard of or seen a birthday celebration for the church. There are great reasons to celebrate the church’s birthday. I was in Israel in 2012 on Pentecost […]
Sometimes in the life of the church we need to reclaim a forgotten or dormant teaching. My sense is that now is such a time and that the teaching we need to dust off and put into practice is celibacy. Celibacy is not a very popular idea. We Protestants see the Catholic Church overdoing it […]
Last week I was teaching on a text that made mention of Satan when a hand shot up. Questions are helpful in clarifying issues related to the immediate discussion. The question was actually more of a comment suggesting that Satan’s sin and fall from heaven is explained in Isaiah 14. Time was too short to […]
Know the Heretics by Justin S. Holcomb Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014. 176 pgs. Who was Pelagius and why should the members of my church bother to find out? Why should we be interested in Arius’s ideas about Jesus Christ, ideas that were condemned as unorthodox hundreds of years ago? Let’s face it, when it […]