By Haddon W. Robinson
Famous preacher and instructor of preachers, Haddon Robinson, drawing on his twenty years of educating, stocks his insights into what is going into a good sermon--as good as what might be omitted.
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To do this he must be as familiar w i t h the needs of his church as he is w i t h the content of his Bible. While he relates the Scriptures to his people's Stage One lives in many ways, none will have more importance than choosing what he will teach them throughout the year. 54 Thought Units Often he will work his w a y chapter by chapter, verse by verse, through different books of the Bible. In making his calendar, therefore, he will read through the books several times and then divide them into portions he will e x p o u n d in particular sermons.
While other questions e m e r g e in the struggle to understand the meaning o f a biblical writer, the t w o — W h a t is the author talking about? —are fundamental. Examples of Forming an Idea In some passages the subject and c o m p l e m e n t m a y b e discovered with relative ease, w h i l e in others determining the idea stands as the major problem in B i b l e study. P s a l m 117 p r o v i d e s an e x a m p l e o f an u n c o m p l i c a t e d t h o u g h t . T h e psalmist urges: Praise the Lord, all nations; Extol him, all you people!
The Case for Expository Preaching F. B. M e y e r understood the a w e w i t h w h i c h a biblical preacher speaks to the issues of his age: " H e is in a line of great succession. T h e reformers, the Puritans, the pastors of the P i l g r i m fathers w e r e essentially expositors. T h e y did not announce their o w n particular opinions, w h i c h might be a matter of p r i v a t e interpretation or doubtful disposition, but, taking their stand on Scripture, d r o v e h o m e their message with irresistible effect with 'Thus saith the L o r d .