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by David Guzik - 5 years ago

Critical Elements of Biblical Preaching - pt2

In my own preaching and in my work with many students over the years, I have a thought of what the most important thing is in the preparation of the teacher.The core of being a good expository teacher is simply learning to see what is there in the Biblical text. Of course, this is only important if you are interested in exposition - in letting the themes and the words of the text set the themes and words of...

by David Guzik - 5 years ago

Critical Elements of Biblical Preaching - pt1

Most preachers and teachers want to do their work in the best, most effective way possible. There are a lot of helps available for them - better techniques, finding a better process in preparation and delivery. All that is good, but it isn't of prime importance. God-honoring, effective preaching and teaching comes from a certain type of life, not just from a process or techniques.When I speak of it coming f...

by David Guzik - 5 years ago

How to Give an Altar Call Part 2

In a previous post I gave one important principle about the altar call: don't manipulate. We can manipulate in a call to decision by:Using bait and switch tactics Surprising our hearers with the call to decision Extending the invitation for an unreasonable amount of time Making the invitation so broad hopi...

by David Guzik - 5 years ago

How to Give an Altar Call Part 1

In a post last week, I tried to show that the idea behind what is commonly called an altar call - a preacher's invitation for his hearers to put their faith in Jesus Christ - is entirely biblical. It is good and appropriate for the preacher to do the wor...

by David Guzik - 5 years ago

Are Altar Calls Biblical

There are some - perhaps many - in the Christian world today who do not think the practice of the altar call is either biblical or wise. There are also many pastors or preachers who may agree with the idea of the altar call, yet never actually make such an invitation.I believe the altar call is both biblical and important, and I believe that a majority of pastors and preachers should give their listeners a ...

by David Guzik - 5 years ago

Weighing God Down

A common idea in the Psalms is that we can and should bless the Lord. Of course, we can’t bless God in the sense that a greater bestows a blessing on a lesser, because God is the greater and we are the lesser. In that sense He blesses us and we cannot bless Him. But the idea is in a different sense in the Psalms, the sense that we bless God by worshipping Him and pleasing Him. We bless Him by being a blessing unto...

by David Guzik - 5 years ago

Strange Fire: A Calvary Chapel response part 2

Why Is there Such a Debate?If the case is really as clear as I think it is, I don't blame anyone for asking the logical question: "Why is there such a debate on this if the Scriptural evidence is so clear? How can those who disagree with you be so wrong?" I think they are wrong because they look at these same passages with different assumptions, leading them to wrong conclusions.1. They see the pu...

by David Guzik - 5 years ago

Strange Fire: A Calvary Chapel Response

There is a pretty large separation among Christians today, dividing them among those who believe that God still gives unto His people the more miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, and those who believe God stopped giving those gifts in the first century of the Church. This separation has been around a long time - before the rise of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement. Yet those 20th century movements broug...

by David Guzik - 5 years ago

Lies About Us

Pick up just about any good book about the history of Christianity, and go to the section on persecution in the first few centuries of the Christian movement. Scan the paragraphs until you come to the part where they describe the reasons why Christians were persecuted, or at least why people in the Roman Empire thought Christians were worthy of persecution. I took a quick look through Kenneth Latourette’s a...