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The Evangelical Ministry Assembly is our flagship conference each year.

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This year's EMA will take place from 8th - 10th July 2014 with speakers including Mike Cain, John Woodhouse and Sinclair Ferguson.

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The Proclaimer

by Tim Ward
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 07:33

...the preacher doesn’t take us explicitly through every verse in the passage.  Different preachers will take different views on how often they should say “now look with me at v.15”, or “did you notice the therefore in v.1?”, or “see how those three participle clauses all depend on the same main verb” (I threw that last one in as a joke).

Just how much of that the preacher actually says in the sermon seems to me to be entirely an area for freedom of choice.  It will be determined partly by the preacher’s style;  it should also be significantly determined by the audience he’s speaking to:  what will genuinely help these particular people open themselves to what the Holy Spirit aims to do in them by means of this Word?

Of course there are limits.  On the one hand, we rejoice in the Protestant heritage that put the Bible in everyone’s hands, so that people can literally see for themselves that the minister’s authority is derived only from the Word.  Therefore we will want to show them clearly that our message comes from Scripture, not from ourselves.  On the other hand, we are not there to give oral commentaries in which every interesting and supporting textual feature must be mentioned.

Between these two extremes is a freedom for the preacher to explore with wisdom, as he seeks to preach to his particular flock as well as he can.  As with so many things, perhaps it’s good to break a habit deliberately sometimes.  Do you love mentioning Greek connectives, especially if you think your English Bible foolishly missed one out?  Lighten up.  The main point will still be clear enough in the English words that are there.  Could someone leave your sermon not entirely clear that it was Scripture you were preaching?  Get their noses in the God-breathed words that are your authority.

by Tim Ward
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 07:59

...in a particular week in the rough-and-tumble of pastoral ministry the preacher hasn’t been able to put in the study hours to work out all the tough bits of his preaching-text. Take the end of 1 John ch.5. Verse 15 is tricky. People have probably written whole PhDs on vs.16-17. And I have serious doubts over whether the translation ‘continue to sin’ in v.18 is right (just a simple present tense in the Greek). Also there’s that (in)famous final verse:  just how has this whole letter actually been about idolatry? It may well take up all my realistically available study time working all that out. Ah, but there’s then a sermon to construct and application to work through.

But if I look again I can see, after a few hours rather than whole days, that some things are clear: whatever vs.14-15 are exactly promising, it’s an example of the extremely clear v.13. In fact the praying in vs.16-17 looks like a further outworking of v.13. Moving towards the end, v.20 is a beautifully clear and profound verse that rounds off quite a few of the themes John set out in 1.1-4. So, in and around vs.13 and 20,I have plenty to say in my sermon that I have good reason for believing is at the heart of the main point of 5.13-21. Some of the tougher things can wait for another time, if need be.

Dever and Gilbert in their recent book Preach say that expository preaching is preaching that makes the main point of your sermon the same as the main point of your passage. It’s still expository preaching this Sunday if this week you haven’t worked out every tough detail in the text and aren’t going to confuse/bore your folks with half-baked exegetical musings, but having worked to get the main point of the passage you ruthlessly put the commentaries away and gave a good chunk of your prep hours to working on application and communication.

by Adrian Reynolds
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 07:58

OK, that was Easter. Now you can book for the EMA. And here's a reason why.

Do you know why you preach?

I know it's a biblical command, but why?

And what is God doing as you preach?

Can you articulate a theology of preaching that is more than just "it's how God speaks." That's glorious in itself, of course,  but a biblical theology of preaching gives you more than a theology of communication. It gives you a theology of presence. I'm not sure many of us are clear on that, and it's one of the reasons preaching is devalued both by those who are called to preach and those who sit under preaching. I hope you can see it's essential to get this right.

And it's why we've asked Sinclair Ferguson (who better?) to tackle this very subject. See you there. I need it. And you probably do too. 

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