10 Quotes From Preaching By Tim Keller

By Evan Knies

Tim Keller’s book Preaching can be purchased here.

Reformed Theological Seminary also has a podcast series available on Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World by Tim Keller and Ed Clowney here.

  1. Cultural engagement in preaching must never be for the sake of appearing “relevant” but rather must be for the purpose of laying bare the listener’s life foundations.
  2. The purpose of preaching is to preach the Scripture with its own insights, directives, and teachings.
  3. Expository preaching is the best method for displaying and conveying your conviction that the whole Bible is true. This approach testifies that you believe every part of the Bible to be God’s Word, not just particular themes and not just the parts you feel comfortable agreeing with.
  4. Expository preaching only encourages you to declare God’s will on such matters and also forces you to find ways of addressing and handling tough issues publicly.
  5. Exposition should be the main diet of preaching for every congregation.
  6. To preach the gospel in a penetrating way, then, you do not merely want to talk about an abstract concept of forgiveness and acceptance. You want to show listeners Jesus himself and all that he came to do for us. To preach the gospel every time is to preach Christ every time, from every passage.
  7. Preaching Christ every time is the way to show people how the Bible fits together.
  8. Demonstrate that Christians share a common membership in the earthly city, not just citizenship in heaven.
  9. Preachers must know those sore spots and press on them with questions, offers, illustrations, and examples that make the tension they feel more acute and the incongruities more troubling.
  10. Knowledge is not the same thing as wisdom. Knowledge is data and facts, but wisdom is knowing what is the good and right way to live. Wisdom is a kind of understanding about the nature of reality that science cannot possibly give you. The wisdom literature of the Bible provides Christian preachers with many rich themes and passages for thoughtfully engaging the late-modern faith in science.

Evan Knies is married to Lauren and is a student at SBTS.


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