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Preaching today, says Kennon Callahan, is less about law and more about grace. It is about inviting people to discover God's grace, perhaps for the first time, and touching their ...
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Preaching today, says Kennon Callahan, is less about law and more about grace. It is about inviting people to discover God's grace, perhaps for the first time, and touching their lives in a powerful, personal, helpful way. Callahan, who has helped tens of thousands of church leaders and pastors through his dynamic workshops and seminars, sees the sermon as a shared event for the pastor and the congregation who are gathered to discover the good news for this day and the week to come. He sees preaching as a sign of grace, compassion, community, and hope.
Preaching Grace encourages pastors to develop the approach to preaching that matches with their unique gifts and strengths. Drawing from his own experience as a preacher as well as his reflections on the rich variety of sermons he has heard throughout the years, Callahan offers wisdom and clear insights on eight possible areas of strength:
Through focusing on these strengths, pastors will discover more fully their own personal preaching style and advance the sermons that will stir and inspire their congregations-to discover the grace of God, the compassion of Christ, and the healing hope of the Holy Spirit.
How you grow your preaching shapes how you grow yourself.
How you grow yourself shapes the growth of your preaching.
This is an age of mission. This is a time when our gifts and strengths can truly touch people's lives-often for the first time. In Preaching Grace, Kennon Callahan, today's most sought-after church consultant and a powerful preacher in his own right, shows pastors how to develop an approach to preaching that builds upon their unique gifts and strengths and gain the confidence and assurance to grow their preaching. "This is what God invites us to share."
Does your sermon have a sense of presence?
"Confidence and assurance communicate the grace of the Gospel as much as the words you say, the points you make, the insights you share, and the longings you stir."
Does your sermon lead people to a spirit of compassion and a sense of community?
"Your preaching is a sacred, holy gift in people's lives and destinies. Your preaching is a sign of grace, compassion, community, and hope. Your preaching is the outer and visible sign of God's grace in people's inner lives."
Does your sermon draw people closer to the grace of God?
"As you advance your preaching, it will have increasing value in your whole community. You will be a source of help in the whole of the mission field God gives you. You will touch the life stages of the people whom God has given you to serve in mission."
1. Preaching When the Whole World is a Mission Field.
10. Creating a New Beginning.