Matt Chandler answers the last five questions about his preaching. By the way, to listen to some of Matt’s preaching, here is the page of his sermons.
6. What notes, if any, do you use?
My notes are a bit of a hybrid manuscript/outline. I try not to look at them while I am preaching so I study those notes and pray a ton before I step out on stage.
7. What are the greatest perils that preacher must avoid?
The greatest peril for a preacher is wanting the acceptance and approval of his listeners. This is a serious thing that we have been called to and we will regularly have to say things that our culture thinks is foolish and the religious find offensive.
8. How do you fight to balance preparation for preaching with other important responsibilities (eg. pastoral care, leadership responsibilities)
It’s important for me to do both so I set aside blocks of time each week for both. Tuesdays and Thursdays are study days for me. I put together sermons and pray and study on those two days. The rest of the week I am meeting with people and trying to shepherd well the people God has asked me to lead.
9. What books on preaching, or exemplars of it, have you found most influential in your own preaching?
John Stott’s book “Between Two Worlds and John Piper’s “The Supremacy of God in Preaching” are two of my favorite books on preaching. I more recently read Tony Merida’s book “Faithful Preaching” and thought it was excellent.
10. What steps do you take to nurture or encourage developing or future preachers?
The main two ways we nurture and encourage is reps and feedback. We want to create different venues for our young men to preach and then we want to give them honest and straight feedback about how they handled the text, how they engaged the crowd, whether they communicated clearly etc.
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