Author: Charlie Handren

Communion with God

Editor’s note: This is an eight part series by Charlie on expository preaching. In his first post Charlie looked at the essential element of good preaching. In his second post Charlie looked at preaching to glorify God and transform lives. In his third post, he looks at how the Word of God effects transformation. In his fourth post, he looked at preaching the actual words of God. Today he looks at prayer and communion with God. ************************************************** Prayer is more than something Christians do. Prayer is a vital part of the communion we have with God the Father, through...

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Preaching the Actual Words of the Word of God

Editor’s note: This is an eight part series by Charlie on expository preaching. In his first post Charlie looked at the essential element of good preaching. In his second post Charlie looked at preaching to glorify God and transform lives. In his third post, he looks at how the Word of God effects transformation. Today he looks at preaching the actual words of God. ************************************************** Hebrews 4:12-13 teaches us that the Word of God is the eyes of God, as it were, that look into and pierce the soul in such a way that the sinner knows, in no...

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The Word of God Effects Transformation

Editor’s note: This is an eight part series by Charlie on expository preaching. In his first post Charlie looked at the essential element of good preaching. In his second post Charlie looked at preaching to glorify God and transform lives. Today he looks at how the Word of God effects transformation. ************************************************** In the last two blog posts I have suggested that the primary aims of sequential, expository preaching are to glorify God and transform lives. In this post I want to address the manner in which the Word of God effects transformation in his people. To state the...

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Preaching to Glorify God and Transform Lives

Editor’s note: This is an eight part series by Charlie on expository preaching. In his first post Charlie looked at the essential element of good preaching. Today he looks at preaching to glorify God and transform lives. ************************************************** In my last blog post, I asked the question, “What elements are necessary—in the strongest sense of that word—to develop sermons that glorify God and transform lives?” In asking this question, I’ve made a rather significant assumption, namely, that the primary aims of preaching are to glorify God and transform lives. Certainly, there are other important aims that could have been...

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The Essential Elements of Good Preaching

The Essential Elements of Good Preaching I believe in sequential, expository preaching, so much so that I wrote an entire book about it entitled Preach the Word: Why I’m Passionate About Expository Preaching (Xulon Press: 2012). In the first two sections of the book I try to show why felt-needs topical preaching should not dominate the teaching life of the church and why sequential, expository preaching should. In the last two sections of the book I deal with the development and delivery of expository sermons because I’ve learned that not all of them are created equal. For example: It...

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