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Extemporaneous Preaching

How To Deliver a Talk Without Using Notes

Here is a repost of a blog post by Carey Nieuwhof, who is the lead pastor of Connexus Community Church.  It is a topic that I find very important today for communicators, preachers, pastors of the Gospel.  so much preaching could be disiminated by giving people USB drives of the text of the sermon and let them read it.  It is my passionate quest to preach without notes and this article is very helpful.  So read on an enjoy How To Deliver a Talk Without Using Notes: When I was just starting to speak publicly, I was always amazed by communicators who

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Preaching With or Without Notes

Preaching With or Without Notes – Biblical Preaching by Peter Mead by Glenn Leatherman on Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 4:34pm I preached with notes for a decade, sometimes extensive, sometimes brief. Three years ago I switched to preaching without notes. I would not go back. … There are more important things than whether you preach with or without notes. It’s more important to be Biblical, to have clear big idea, specific purpose and relevance. So I would not make a definitive case for no notes as opposed to with notes or with manuscript preaching (although to be honest I

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Speaking the Word Freely

I keep looking for ways to let the Holy Spirit lead in my preaching.  For me it is in the discipline of Extemporaneous Preaching.  here is a book that will help anyone along this journey. Speaking the Word Freely by Jerry Larson see also

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Wesleyan Sermons » With or Without Notes

Here is a good website to learn to preach without notes. Wesleyan Sermons » With or Without Notes He uses a mapping process to create sermons, which I think is very helpful. see also

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Preaching as Exultation

Dull and boring preaching kills.  Preaching needs to be moved by the truth of the bible not only in our understanding but in our affections.  That is why I believe that a preacher should fill themselves up with the word and then preach extemporanously because the Love the God and his truth found in the Bible.  One cannot be animated while tied to notes very well.  The following quotes from Gospel Driven Church  also resonate with my heart on this issue as well. Preaching as Exultation: “The cure for dull preaching is not simply better information or more creative themes/props, but a sense of exultation in

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Extemporaneous style of preaching good for most…

Good Biblical exposition (preaching) is best done in an extemporaneous style for most (not all) preachers. I currently preach without notes much better and I explain things more exactly when I preach this way on my feet than when I preached with a full manuscript. My experience tells me that most preachers would benefit of preaching extemporaneously, because if frees them from their notes to actually think and and prevents them from plagiarizing themselves in the pulpit. Preachers may make full manuscripts or notes or outlines or mind-maps in preparation for preaching. Writing is good and very important to get

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Here is a great lecture by Dr. John Carrick on Extemporaneous preaching and the need for it as the primary method of delivery sermons.   He sums up this method in the end in contrast by saying “Paper is a very porr medium from which to carry fire.”  Listen and enjoy and let me know what you think if this. – The Extemporaneous Mode of Preaching Summary of message: Dr. John Carrick believes that the best mode or method of delivery of sermons is the extemporaneous method by a long shot.  he even gives the example of Jonathan Edwards move toward an extemporaneous

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Sermon Builder from Shepherds’ Fellowship

Here is a good overview of the sermon development process that a faithful expositor of God’s world would go through ever time he speaks: This is a useful process for pastors, Sunday School teachers, bible study teachers,  and other small small group leaders as well. see also

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Scriptures as Sermon Illustration Resource | Soul Preaching Ministries

While it is good to use illustrations to explain apply, argue or celebrate a truth.  I was confronted with the necessary practice of looking to Scripture for my illustrations first.  I have heard the advise of using scripture as the only source of sermon illustrations, which I thought was not biblical,, but I am considering this arguement from “Soul Preaching” that since the Bible is the preeminent authority, we should seek illustrations from the Bible first.  This is not to say that we cannot use other sources, but recognizes that all other sources of authority (history, experience, science, tradition, etc.) are lesser authorities. See

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Glenn Leatherman

I am first of all a disciple and follower of Jesus Christ. I affirm Evangelical Christian beliefs as well as  Gospel driven in philosophy of ministry. I am married to Ann and am raising 2 wonderful boys – Jonathan and Andrew. My purpose is to build disciplemaking disciples that are becoming fishers of men in fully displaying of God’s Glory in all things. Learn more

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