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Preaching That Changes Lives
Michael Fabarez

Rethink Your Task

Chapter 1 — “Understand the Life-changing Power of Preaching”

• If the church is unhealthy, it is the result (at least in part), of unhealthy preaching. “Though the church may be enhanced by a few creative, well-placed amenities, be assured that she cannot survive without the consistent, accurate, and authoritative preaching that intends, in every instance, to transform its hearers.” [p. 5; my emphasis (unless otherwise noted, all italicized comments are Fabarez’ emphasis, not mine).]

• The NT uses three primary word families to denote the importance of preaching: khrussw, aggellw, didaskw. They all point to the authoritative, life-changing message that the teacher and preacher are empowered to deliver to God’s people. This was the expectation of Paul (cf. 2 Tim. 4:2; 1 Tim. 1:3; Eph. 4:1). [pp. 7-9]

• The basic question for every sermon is whether it produced change in the lives of the hearers. “…we can no longer evaluate our sermons solely on the basis of theological or exegetical soundness.…we must purpose to evaluate every sermon we preach in light of the biblical change it brings about in the lives of our congregants!” [pp. 9-10]

Chapter 2 — “Adopt a Life-changing Method of Preaching”

• A definition of expository preaching: it will have these primary components —
1. it clearly derives its content from the Bible;
2. it accurately explains what the Bible is saying; and
3. it effects the change God intends for the Bible to effect. [p. 15]

• “To truly derive our messages from the Bible means that we are going to the Bible to find out what we will say. In the end the preacher does not use the Bible to preach his own message; instead, it is the Bible that uses the preacher to preach its message.” [p. 16]

• True expository preaching will call for life-change. If a…...

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