Brandon Kelley on Having Convictions in Your Preaching

Our preaching convictions will come through when we preach, when we prepare, and when we prioritize our week.


2. a firmly held belief or opinion. “She takes pride in stating her political convictions.”

  • the quality of showing that one is firmly convinced of what one believes or says. “His voice lacked conviction.”

If you made a similar list to what I’m going to lay out, what would you say are your preaching convictions?

Here are mine.

8 Preaching Convictions I Firmly Believe

  1. The preaching message must be from the word of God. A sermon that lacks power is a sermon that, first and foremost, misses the message of the holy text. It might be all the rage these days, but God’s people don’t need a cute and clever message originated from your heart, they need God’s powerful message originated from His heart. Make it practical, but don’t shortchange the value and power of preaching biblical theology.
  2. The preaching direction is always, always Christ. A good sermon is one that leads to Christ. The Old Testament points to Him, the gospels reveal Him in history, the rest of the New Testament points back to Him as our King who lived, died, rose from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and who will return to usher in the new creation in all its fullness. The Holy Spirit indwells His followers to form His image in us to the glory of God. Preaching is the proclamation of Jesus.
  3. Planning my preaching ahead of time isn’t subverting the Holy Spirit. God is present in our preparation and planning just as He is present in our preaching delivery. It is good stewardship to prayerfully plan your preaching ahead of time.
  4. I must prioritize my preaching preparation. No one else will do it for me. What this oftentimes looks like for me is getting out of the office. I am regularly at a coffee shop on Mondays and sometimes Thursdays. If I am in the office, the long, uninterrupted times of sermon prep that I need will usually be hijacked.

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Source: Church Leaders