Preacher’s Toolkit: What Should I Preach Next?

Julius Kim | March 21, 2016

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How do I choose the text or book I should preach next? Are there important factors to consider in choosing a text? 

Part of the process of preparing to preach expository sermons is selecting your text. While this may sound self-evident, there are important factors to consider when selecting a passage to preach, not the least of which is discerning the spiritual state and needs of your unique congregation.

For many preachers, however, choosing a text occurs on the Monday or Tuesday prior to the upcoming Sunday. This is not helpful or wise. You won’t have the time you’d like and need for important factors such as studying the text and context, meditating on its…

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