Preaching Grace: Possibilities for Growing Your Preaching and Touching People's Lives

Preaching Grace: Possibilities for Growing Your Preaching and Touching People's Lives

by Kennon L. Callahan
     
 

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We live in one of the richest ages of mission the Christian movement has ever known. This is a new time, a time when people go to church not because it is the thing to do, but because they are searching-often desperately-to discover the grace of God in their lives. Preaching does makes a difference.Preaching today, says Kennon Callahan, is less about law and more

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We live in one of the richest ages of mission the Christian movement has ever known. This is a new time, a time when people go to church not because it is the thing to do, but because they are searching-often desperately-to discover the grace of God in their lives. Preaching does makes a difference.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:? Presence: communicating the sense that the grace of God is being genuinely shared in your sermon? Preparation: preparing in a way that best matches your needs and those of the people whose lives you touch? Resources: gaining inspiration by looking toward the men and women whose gifts enrich your life? Content: sharing a message that can change people's lives and advance their destinies? Motivation: sharing your compassion to create a common cause as you stir and inspire people's lives? Delivery: enhancing your confidence and assurance, enabling your congregants to better receive your sermon? Structure: learning to build your sermon so that people leave with the spirit to act on its message? Outcome: identifying your sermon's goal and taking the steps needed to

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787942953
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.82(d)

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KENNON L. CALLAHAN, -researcher, professor, and pastor-is today's most sought-after church consultant. He has worked with thousands of congregations around the world and has helped tens of thousands of church leaders and pastors through his dynamic workshops and seminars. Author of many books, he is best known for his groundbreaking study Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, which has formed the basis for the widely acclaimed movement of mission growth. Callahan has earned the B.A., M.Div., S.T.M., and Ph.D. degrees. His doctorate is in Systematic Theology. He has served both rural and urban congregations in Ohio, Texas, and Georgia and taught for many years at Emory University.

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