Author: Erik Reed

Five Surprisingly Effective Ways to Improve Your Preaching

I am a pastor who loves to preach. I find joy in proclaiming God’s Word to people. The thrill of watching people’s eyes light up as the truth of God comes to life is addictive. There are just few things that compare. So when I see articles and posts on preaching, I am inclined to read them. I want to get better at preaching. I want to excel at this craft. I know the gravity of preaching, so improving at it is non-negotiable. Many of the articles and posts on preaching have the same advice being offered, which is...

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Four Powerful Outcomes of Sharing Your Pain with the Church

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet Churches are filled with people who are, and will be, experiencing hurts and disappointments in life. Jesus promised we would experience troubles in this world, but to take heart, He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Pain and suffering are marks of living in a fallen and broken world. We all know the reality of trials in our heads, but we tend to deny that reality in our hearts. People must be disciplined and shepherded towards a healthy theology of pain and suffering, or we create vulnerable Christians. One of...

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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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