Preacher’s Toolkit: What Book Do I Preach First?

Sean Michael Lucas | July 20, 2017


I began serving a new congregation on January 1. For the previous seven-and-a-half years, I had joyfully served the historic First Presbyterian Church (PCA) of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. They had faithfully listened to God’s preached Word and together the Lord had grown us—spiritually and numerically as a congregation, spiritually and in maturity as their pastor. However, through the search committee and the congregation at Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC) in Memphis, Tennessee, God called me to serve a new flock.

So one of the first questions with which I wrestled—one I started thinking about from the day the congregation voted—was what I would preach when I got to Memphis.

I had three precommitments that limited or directed my answer to that question. 

1. Consecutive, Christ-centered, expository preaching

Throughout my preaching ministry, I have been committed to a consecutive, Christ-centered, expository preaching of God’s Word. In Hattiesburg, I took our people through Genesis, the Ten Commandments (Exod. 20), Ruth, the life of David (1 Sam. 16–1 Kings 1), Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Habakkuk, Jonah, Matthew, Romans, Ephesians, Colossians/Philemon, Hebrews, James, and the Epistles of John. In each series, I sought to show how the God of transforming grace—preeminently in Jesus Christ—meets the deepest needs of our fallen nature. That…


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