How to Listen to an Expository Sermon

I remember studying in Bible college and when I first started preaching that “everyone” told me two things

    1. you need to keep your sermons to no more than 30 minutes or you will lose folks attention  
    2. you need to preach on relatable things to keep folks coming back

I being the rebellious type that I am basically ignored (although I did and do attempt to set a point of application to each sermon) their advice. I believe God alone sets the sermon, it comes from His word, it should be logical and expository. That is verse by verse, book by book (with few exceptions Weddings, Funerals, Special Events) and expounding or as one of my friends and favorite Pastor Don says “unpacking” God’s word. 

As for 30 minutes go luck I have never been under 45 and average nearer and hour. Most puritans preached nearer to 2 hours some 3. REMEMBER it is not you, it is GOD and His Word so do not be afraid to Preach it. 

For those who have long winded preachers her is my advice:

    1. Pray God will keep you focused on Him and not the world
    2. Use helps and methods like those suggested in the article below
    3. Remember God’s Word should be a JOY and Help daily


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How to Listen to an Expository Sermon

Reagan Rose | 

The last couple of decades have seen a resurgence in expository preaching in churches—sermons which truly explain and apply the biblical text. But an expository sermon is hard work to prepare. That’s why Paul writes that faithful elders, and especially those who labor hard at preaching and teaching, are worthy of double honor (1 Tim. 5:17). With all that effort from faithful preachers, is there more that those of us in the pew can be doing to ensure we are being faithful listeners?

Some pastors spend upwards of 20–30 hours per week preparing the Sunday message. How sad it is, therefore, that so much of his preparation—effort intended to feed our souls—is often lost on inattentive listeners. What’s worse, the Lord has designed the ministry of the preached Word to be a special means of sanctification to His people (Isa. 55:10–11)…


Daily Devotional – Mortification of Sin

by John Owen – March 1st, 2019 


4. To Preachers

   Let me add this to them who are preachers of the Word or intend that employment through the good hand of God. It is their duty to plead with men about their sins, to lay load on particular sins, but always remember that it be done with that which is the proper end of law and gospel: that is, that they make use of the sin they speak against to discover the state and condition of the sinner. Otherwise, perhaps they may work men to formality and hypocrisy, but little of the true end of preaching the gospel will be brought about. It will not profit to beat a man off from his drunkenness into a sober formality. A skillful master of the assemblies lays his axe at the root and drives still at the heart (Ecc 12:11).

   To attack particular sins of ignorant, unregenerate persons, such as the land is full of, is a good work. However, though it may be done with great effectiveness, vigor, and success, if this be the only result of preaching (that is, that they are set upon the most diligent endeavors to mortify the sins preached against), all that is accomplished is but like the beating of an enemy in an open field, and driving him into an impregnable castle, not to be prevailed against. Do you ever gain the advantage [in reproving] a sinner on the account of any one sin whatever? Do you have anything to take hold of him by? Apply it to his state and condition, drive it up to the head, and there deal with him. To break men off of particular sins, and not to break their hearts, is to deprive ourselves of advantages in dealing with them.

   And herein is the Roman mortification grievously sinful. They drive all sorts of persons to mortifying without the least consideration whether the persons have a principle for it or not. Yea, they are so far from calling on men to believe, so that they may be able to mortify their lusts, that they call men to mortification instead of believing. The truth is: they neither know what it is to believe nor what mortification itself intends. Faith with them is but a general as-sent to the doctrine taught in their church; and mortification with them is a man’s commitment by a vow to some certain course of life wherein he denies himself something of the use of the things of this world, not without a considerable compensation. Such men know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. Their boasting of their mortification is but their glorying in their shame.

   Some casuists(65) among ourselves overlook the necessity of regeneration and confidently give this for a direction to all sorts of persons that complain of any sin or lust: that they should vow against it at least for a season, a month or so. These seem to have barely any light in the mystery of the gospel, much like that of Nicodemus when he first came to Christ (Joh 3). They bid men vow to abstain from their sin for a season. This commonly makes their lust more impetuous. Perhaps with great perplexity they keep their word—and perhaps not, which increases their guilt and torment. Is their sin at all mortified hereby? Do they find a conquest over it? Is their condition changed, though they attain a relinquishment of it? Are they not still in the gall of bitterness? Is not this to put men to make brick, if not without straw, yet, which is worse, without strength (Ex 5:7)?

   What promise has any unregenerate man to encourage him in this work? What assistance for the performance of it? Can sin be killed without an interest in the death of Christ, or mortified without the Spirit? If such directions should prevail to change men’s lives, as seldom they do, yet they never reach to the change of their hearts or conditions. They may make men self-righteous or hypocrites, but not Christians.

   It often grieves me to see poor souls who have a zeal for God and a desire of eternal welfare, kept by such directors and directions under a hard, burdensome, outside worship and service of God all their days, with many specious(66) endeavors for mortification, in an utter ignorance of the righteousness of Christ and unacquaintedness with His Spirit. Persons and things of this kind I know too many. If ever God shine into their hearts to give them the knowledge of His glory in the face of His Son Jesus Christ, they will see the folly of their present way (2Cor 4:6).

(65)  casuists – theologians and others who study and resolve cases of conscience regarding duty and conduct.
(66)  specious – deceptively promising.
Excerpts from Mortification of Sin by John Owen from:The Chapel Library •

The Cross “✟” or the cross “❌”

by Steve Rebus

I am saddened…..No grieved to see just how many “professing Christians” have filled Facebook, Twitter and the rest with endless ramblings on where we need to put the cross “❌” on our ballot papers, Without mention of THE CROSS “✟” on which our whole Salvation and Hope is vital!

Have we really elevated politics to a Saviour level?

Continued at Source: The Cross “✟” or the cross “❌” 




 My preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom – 1 Corinthians 2:4

We are not fraudulent hucksters of God’s message – 2 Corinthians 2:17 (Weymouth)

Concerning them that would lead you astray – 1 John 2:26 (RV.)

 He that is more frequently in his pulpit to his people, than he is in his closet for his people, is but a sorry watchman. – John Owen

 These vain-glorious preachers may be like Rachel, fair, but their ministry is like to be barren. – William Gurnall

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent “Walking with God” daily devotional.



 I am appointed preacher – 2 Timothy 1:11

A good minister of Jesus – 1 Timothy 4:6

A minister of holy things – Hebrews 8:3 (R.V. Margin)

 A sleepy preacher cannot expect a waking auditory. – William Jenkyn

 Three things make a preacher: reading, prayer and temptation. – Jean Daille

 If I were to choose my calling, I would dig with my hands rather than be a minister. – Martin Luther.

 Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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The Unfaithful Preacher

Picture1Ministers of the gospel hold a place of immense responsibility to God and the souls of men. If they suppress the truth as it is in Jesus, for fear of offending their hearers; if they substitute laxness of principle, for the doctrines of the cross; dry external morality for practical godliness–they do it at an awful peril…

Source: The Unfaithful Preacher