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Everything a pastor does must be done with the perspective of changing lives. When a pastor studies, it should be with the anticipation of changing lives. When he is looking for the right illustration, it ...
Everything a pastor does must be done with the perspective of changing lives. When a pastor studies, it should be with the anticipation of changing lives. When he is looking for the right illustration, it must be through the lens of changing lives. When he sets forth the spiritual direction for the church, he must have the scope of changing lives in his focus.
All other books dissect the essentials of pastoral ministry, but "Preaching That Changes Lives" takes it one step further!
Posted March 13, 2011
Introduction Fabarez exhorts all of us "preach the Word," 2 Tim. 4:2, to rekindle our God given gift and calling. This is an excellent book which I would personally recommend it to all that are called to preach. God has touched this explicit work and given us another masterpiece like that of E.M. Bounds. We are clearly to proclaim the Word of God as His herald and representatives. Not many instruction books on the subject are as complete as this. This book offers a replete correlation of information on the subject of sermon preparation and delivery. Fabarez reflects: "No ministry can be a spiritual one, securing holiness in the preacher and his people without prayer and study being a dividend and controlling force." Like this Fabarez shows all of the essential elements of preaching to a point of excellence and propels even the novice to the level of seasoned veteran. "While you battle in your study to craft a biblical sermon, a multiplicity of spiritual battles rages. The enemy loves unchanged sermons." This book compels us to prepare for the awesome responsibility to preach and delivers a critical blow to spiritual slothfulness and empty preaching. It is clear, there are life altering messages that all of us are to be seeking as we preach the Word of God. Time after time, Fabarez tells us to "recall the effects of powerful preaching in our own lives." We are challenged at every point and as Fabarez points out, we are to be faithful to the text ensuring that we are not allegorizing or forcing Christological ideas that are foreign to any text. We are to make disciples. The most profound piece of truth in this masterful work is that people are leaving churches and going to other churches not knowing why they are leaving. In fact they are searching for the truth that is found in God's Word and like sheep are hungered. There is a famine going on in most churches and in our land, Fabarez teaches us how to perform CPR on our respondents by simply preaching the truth. Questions posed like: What are we doing, what is normal and how are we going to change? He further states that we need to crystallize our thoughts and the audience with biblical truths. Are we presenting the greatest need to which we are preaching to? Sermons are not just to have great illustrations, "preaching is a constant agent of divine power that "greatest miracle that God has wrought." By this the greatest preaching has changed lives. One other point of mention would be that he tells us to emulate last weeks sermons, while I believe that we should study and allow the Lord to change our visage before we preach a message that we are given. There is a timeless power to preaching that corrects, rebukes, and encourages. Our thought's and focus are to be centered and focused on Christ and that He must remain the theological focus in all that we teach and preach. There are many books that teach us how we ought to preach or expound on Scripture, there are few that deliver what our author does in that he brings clarity, judgment and inspiration to the solution to our symptoms. Strengths and Weaknesses The strengths of this book are clear. There are plenty of exhortations about the text and the correctness of Scripture and how to prepare, plan and execute weaknesses are repetitiveness... God bless
Pastor Chris Myers