Sunday, April 24, 2005

Does God look big in your preaching?

Around the bits of the blogosphere I'm browsing I'm seeing many articles on preaching and on the ESV (e.g. The ESV vs. Dumbing Down or various posts from Adrian Warnock). This is very encouraging. I've touched both themes myself in the last few months.

I'd particularly recommend John Piper's The Supremacy of God in Preaching, to anyone seeking to dig for diamonds instead of simply raking up leaves in their preaching. It's a great book for anyone involved in any kind of word ministry.

Piper draws us into the text to meet with God. He reminds us that we come only through the cross of Christ to the word of God. And he directs us to rub people's noses in the text, that they would come to savour Christ all the more.

Then, our preaching may become less concerned with self-help and self-interest. Then we might become more concerned with making God look big by way of the gospel. Then our preaching might become an act of Christ-exalting worship! As we gather before God to hear, by the Spirit, through a preacher, from the Bible.

It's a joy and a priviledge to be part of the church preaching team. Its something I feel pretty inadequate for and not something I ever imagined doing a few years ago. Now, taking that place in the body I want to direct people not to see me, but to see Christ. And, in my preparation for preaching I want to keep asking the question: Dave, does God look big in your preaching?


  1. Thankyou for your encouraging comments and for stopping by and linking my site.
    I have not read Pipers book that you are presenting here but I want to take a look at it as sounds like it speaks to my heart.

    Blessings in Christ Jesus!

  2. I love the ESV... I find it hard to back to anything else. It's trustworthy- that it doesn't make interpetive decisions too much - this begs you to dig deeper with the text and engage with God's word.

    Since I'm not an active preacher (yet) God looking big in my preaching isn't directly applicable. But I guess I can ask "Does God look big in my life?" Does His glory, his love and his grace resound as supreme in my life?

    Ouch... my prayer is that God would reign in me...

  3. The "life" question is exactly the one we have to be asking. And that has to be far reaching. It has to affect the way that I work, rest and play.

    Big question is what does that mean in a tutorial or lecture theatre? What does that mean in an office or classroom? What does that mean over breakfast or dinner? What does that mean in front of the tv or while blogging?

  4. I was first introduced to The Supremacy of God in Preaching 10 years ago. At the time I had no idea who John Piper was or what was ahead for me as I read his little paperback. God used it to change the entire trajectory of my life and ministry. It brought about a major paradigm shift in my view of living all of life as a Christian and my view of preaching the Christian Gospel.