If you find that your sermon content is on the flimsy side, here’s a book that I will highly recommend for you to read: Living by the Book¹ by Howard Hendricks and co-written by his son, William. Howard Hendricks was a well known professor who served on the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary for over 50 years. One of his well-known courses was Bible Exposition and Hermeneutics and his book, Living by the Book, has been read by hundreds of thousands of Christians around the world. Hendricks passed away early this year and a tribute can be found on the DTS website.
The book is surprisingly easy to read and is useful for both pastors and everyday Christians (every believer needs to immerse themselves in the study of God’s Word). The book proposes a simple 3-step method for studying the Bible: (1) Observation, (2) Interpretation, and (3) Application. Of course, there’s more to it than that and I suggest you go to amazon.com now and get the book! I use this method every time I study the Bible and it always yields profound results.
After you go through the 3-step method with any passage, you should have enough good content for a sermon. As I mentioned in the previous article, this blog will help you prepare and present that good content on Sunday morning. With content now out of the way, we’ll move full throttle towards the technical side of preaching.
Join the discussion: Do you know any good books, tools, or resources that can help with hermeneutics (or Biblical interpretation)?
Series: Content Crisis
¹Hendricks, Howard G. and William D. Hendricks. Living by the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2007.