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Power of the Spirit. Only the Spirit of God can illuminate sinners and regenerate. We are total dependent on His working. We have to pray for His filling and His working, and to not depend on ourselves or on methods in evangelism.
Great Sermon! I highly recommend this sermon! The translation and exposition of these Psalms is edifying and encouraging especially for those struggling in some difficult providence. What a great God who causes us to thirst for him, by leading us into dry places for a time, all so that he might lavish on us his love and grace and so show us his all surpassing greatness.
Need for revelation. A message about the futility of seeking to explain God or life without starting from the revelation God gave about Himself. We can know God only from what He revealed about Himself, not from the reason of fallen men.
Biblical. The sermon is 1 hour long, followed by Q/A session. We must preach a whole Christ to the whole man. We must be honest in our evangelism, as Christ was, telling the people not only their rights in the Christian life, but also their responsibilities and the hardness of it.
Restoration. Here there are 2 messages connected: the first covers the first 6 chapters of the prophecy of Zechariah, the second the rest of the book. The great message of God's forgiveness and restoration.
Great Sermon! It is difficult to understand how anyone hearing this lecture could continue reading their manuscripts from the pulpit. I particularly liked the way Dr. Carrick drew upon the long history of great preaching in the church by quoting preachers of every generation back to the 15th century.
I have been teaching extemp preaching in the Kairos program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN for the past 9 years and this lecture has inspired me to keep on teaching. My particular method is called Process Preaching and I recently published a book describing this method called SPEAKING THE WORD FREELY - Writing with Purpose, Preaching with Power.
Luther once wrote, "Where the oral proclamation of the Gospel ceases the people will revert to heathenism in a year's time. The Devil cares nothing about the written word, but where one speaks and preaches it, there he takes to flight."
Bible Translations I am not a "KJV only" individual, but I do hold to the Majority Text of Scripture as the most accurate reflection of the original autographs. Though I think the KJV is the best English translation we have, but I do recognize there are other translations that are cut from the same cloth as good translations as well.