Author: Erik Reed

Preaching Christ So The Spirit Will Fall

There is a famous story that relates to the ministry of Charles Spurgeon, but it is really a story about the ministry of the Holy Spirt. As a young man, Spurgeon was invited to speak at the Crystal Palace in London. It was a massive venue that held over twenty thousand people. It would be the largest crowd Spurgeon would preach to in his lifetime. A few days before the event, Spurgeon went with a few others to determine the best place to put the pulpit. Because of the size of the venue, they needed to test the acoustics...

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Three Ways to Let the Fire of the Sermon Warm Your Own Heart

I have preached a lot of sermons. I may only be 36 years old, but I have been preaching for fourteen years. Over those years I have preached multiple sermons per week. It is safe to say I have logged some significant preaching hours. One of the biggest lessons I have learned over the years with preaching is that I must ignite my heart’s affections with the truths I intend to proclaim. If I stand up and say true things, but I do not say them with the passion and conviction the truth merits, my preaching will suffer. Preaching...

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The Four DNA Elements You Must Understand About Your Church

Every local church is one of a kind. Each one is unique. There are an estimated 350,000 churches in the United States. They are all distinct and unlike any other. You can find churches with similarities based on common beliefs or methods, but no church is exactly alike. There are churches with similar architecture, race, methods, and programs, but none of these are the same. Every church has its own DNA. These elements are what often draw people to the church. They are also what lead people away. Pastors, elders, and staff members should understand these elements. Potential Church...

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4 Personal Elements to Help Your Preaching Connect to the Lost & Unchurched

Preaching matters. No matter how many new fads try to eliminate or minimize preaching, here it stands. From the prophets of the Old Testament to Jesus, to the apostles in the book of Acts, preaching has been a vehicle for God’s redemptive purposes. Preaching isn’t going anywhere. The reality of preaching’s staying power does not mean sermons are always effective. The derogatory statement “Don’t preach at me” captures the idea of preaching being viewed as a negative in our culture. The majority of people in our communities do not attend church. We describe them as “lost” or “unchurched.” Many...

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Preaching the Earthiness of Heaven

You are preaching to your congregation. You are proclaiming the wonders of the cross. You thunder out the incredible promise, “Not only have you been given access to God now, you have been given the promise of eternal life with Him in heaven!” Here is my question for you, “What comes into the minds of your congregation when the word “heaven” is spoken?” Many in our churches think of images of Peter sitting at the pearly gates. Others hold ideas of sterile, all-white surroundings, with people dressed in white robes. Some imagine loved ones finally receiving their angel wings—a...

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