Sinclair Ferguson examines the life and preaching ministry of John Flavel. Flavel was a non-conformist preacher in the 17th century who was exiled from Dartmouth during the Great Ejection. He, along with many others, was not allowed to preach within five miles of any major population center. Consequently, he was devoted to ministering to a single flock in an out-of-the-way place in the south of England.
Flavel epitomized the Puritan style of preaching, which was characterized by three dimensions.
- The ministry of the gospel is a ministry of the Word of God
- The ministry of the Word of God is a ministry to this particular world.
- The ministry of the Word of God to this particular world by this particular worker.
This last dimension is something that is not well understood in our contemporary day, as sermons are reduced to mere facts and figures independent of personality. This didn’t sidestep the importance of carefully preaching the text. The Puritan sermon was a carefully wrought piece of work that began with a clear introduction to the text, an analysis of the key points of the text, an exposition of the truths enshrined in the text, and a clear explanation of how the particular truths arise from the text, and sensitivity in the handling of any difficulties. All of this would be done using plain speech and manifest love for the congregation.
Flavel was a remarkable illustration of this.
In fact, Flavel’s preaching and writing was very popular. A number of his books have remained in print and are available today.
Keeping the Heart, which expounded on the principles of Proverbs.
Divine Conduct; or The Mystery of Providence
Ferguson on John Flavel >>>
The folks at Proclamation Trust have knocked it out of the park in technicolor. David Jackman, whom I admire for his engaging preaching, has created an extensive video and book study on preaching. And it’s all free.
Here’s their intro video.
From their website:
The purpose of this series of videos and accompanying manuals is to put resources into the hands of those who long, under God, to train up a new generation of faithful and effective Bible preachers.
Topics include: the nature and necessity of revelation, interpretation and application; apostolic priorities and practice; contemporary challenges in the culture and the church; careful reading and thoughtful analysis of Scripture; watching your life and doctrine; the Word of Christ dwelling in us richly.
This course helps you to train others to acquire and develop the necessary practical tools and skills to expound the Bible’s message. This includes both the preparation of the text and the presentation of the preaching, so as to connect that message to our contemporary cultures. The course seeks also to motivate the preacher to progress and perseverance, through spiritual encouragement, not only to be a skilled workman, but also to be maturing as a humble servant, whom God can use.
The combination of video teaching and downloadable materials for further discussion and practice exercises make this a flexible resource for training groups.
There is a worldwide need for the Word of God to be proclaimed and for Christians to be more deeply rooted in its truth. That is the heartbeat of Equipped to Preach the Word.
This is an amazing source from a place I consider a gold standard of preaching and equipping preachers to preach. Thank you David Jackman and your team at Proclamation Trust.
Visit the site here:
Equipped to Preach the Word >>>
The 2018 Shepherd’s Conference media is now available at the Shepherd’s Conference page. The title of this years conference was “I Will Build My Church.” John MacArthur was joined by Al Mohler, Austin Duncan, HB Charles, Mark Dever, Steve Lawson, Arturo Azirdia and Ligon Duncan.
2018 Shepherd’s Conference media >>>
9Marks and the North American Missions Board (NAMB) partnered with Send DC to hold a one-day conference on church planting and revitalization in DC. This year’s focus was “Understanding the Basics for Planters & Revitalizers”.
- Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
- Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director, 9Marks
- Bobby Jamieson, Associate Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
- Ed Moore, Senior Pastor, North Shore Baptist Church, Queens, NY
- Nathan Knight, Senior Pastor, Restoration Church, Washington, DC
- Brian Davis, Pastor, Risen Christ Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA
- Philip Van Steenburgh, Senior Pastor, Grace Harbor Church, Cape Cod, MA
- John Onwuchekwa, Lead Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Atlanta, GA
Church Planting & Revitalization Conference 2017 >>>
The 2016 Conference is here >>>
Dale Ralph Davis is well known for his masterful ability to preach the Old Testament historical texts. He has written commentaries in the Focus on the Bible series covering the historical books from Joshua and 2 Kings. In 2010 he delivered this message at the Trinity Baptist Pastor’s Conference in New Jersey.
Nuts & Bolts in Preaching Old Testament Texts >>>
To kick off the 2016 seminary season John MacArthur spoke to the students in chapel on two of Paul’s prayers that were instrumental in the shaping of MacAthur when he took the pastorate of his church almost 50 years ago. Tremedous lessons not only for pastors, but for Christians in general.
The Prayers of the Pastor >>>
R. C. Sproul has created an album of beautiful new hymns, rooted in Scripture and Scottish history, that you will want in your music library. From the Ligonier site:
Featuring lyrics drawn from Scripture and a lifetime of theological reflection, Glory to the Holy One is a collection of beautiful new hymns written by Dr. R.C. Sproul, wedded with soaring melodies written by award-winning composer, Jeff Lippencott. Recorded in esteemed venues around the world, this new project provides the church with an offering of that which is good, true, and beautiful in the Christian faith.
Glory to the Holy One Album >>>
Clarus is the SW Regional Conference of The Gospel Coalition held in Albuquerque, NM this year in March. Among the plenaries were Don Carson, David Helm and Alistair Begg. The title of the conference was “Assembled Under the Word: Preaching and the Church.
Clarus 2015 >>>
Steve Lawson, Conrad Mbewe, Paul Washer, John Synder, Voddie Baucham, Tim Challies, Josh Buice, and David Miller joined at the 2014 G4 Conference to preach on issues of the church.
From the website:
The church was founded by Jesus Christ and serves the purpose of bringing glory, honor, and praise to God. In our present day landscape of American evangelicalism, the church is being morphed into concert halls, entertainment stages, and country clubs. The younger generation today is being raised without any connection or commitment to the church of Jesus Christ. In fact, many churches are forming Saturday night services and minimizing worship opportunities in order to accommodate the pace of our American families. The culture is trying to change the church into something modern, convenient, cheap, and non-intrusive. In the process, doctrine has taken a backseat to pragmatics and the pulpit has been replaced with entertainment programs. From coffee shop churches to Internet churches – there is a massive problem that must be addressed in our modern culture. Let us not forget that while all of these modern advancements take place that are morphing the foundation of the church, hundreds of thousands of small dying churches are preparing to breathe their last breath. The subject of the church is a vital issue that must be addressed and it must be addressed from the counsel of sacred Scriptures.
G3 Conference 2014 >>>
How do we help church members who prefer anonymity to love and open up to each other?
9 Marks Interviews John MacArthur >>>