This week I have been blessed with an answer to prayer and a major step in fulfilling one of my heart’s desires. Allow me to give thanks to God and share with followers and friends.
Two years ago I began using summer and Christmas breaks as well as early mornings during the school year to turn stacks of study notes and sermon outlines into a manuscript. Last October I submitted the result of my efforts to a publisher for consideration.
After six months of review by editors and a few revisions on my end, I received a letter this week which began, “We are excited about your book titled Growing Body. The topic of church growth from a biblical perspective is important, and your book will speak to that need . . . If you accept the terms of the contract, please add your electronic signature . . . “
My heart leaped. Praise God!
Months of editing, revision, and production still lie ahead. I’ve discovered that while writing is hard work I enjoy the process. I look forward to the finished product and the impact it will have.
I am grateful to God for giving me the vision and energy to write and to my wife for her support and encouragement. I am thankful for the opportunity to partner with JourneyForth Books.
Many thanks to JourneyForth Acquisitions Editor Nancy Lohr who, eight years ago, first encouraged me to turn a sermon series into a book and who is now walking me through the process. It took a while, but here we go!
The first full episode of the Shepherdology podcast is now available.
You can find it on iTunes, Google Play Music (for Android) and Stitcher.
The home page is shepherdology.podbean.com.
You can listen to or download it from any of these sites.
Shepherdology is for pastors. My purpose is to provide truth and encouragement that will help pastors in their personal lives and ministries. Having pastored for 25 years, I am familiar with the responsibilities, pressures, blessings, and painful experiences in a pastor’s life. I want to be a pastor’s friend – someone who speaks into your life and prays for you.
Check it out. If you find it helpful, share it with another pastor.
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In Episode 1 of the Shepherdology Podcast, I refer to a prayer list for preaching. This was first shared with me by Dr. Jim Binney. I have added to it and use it regularly as I prepare to preach.
Prayer List for Preaching
Power and filling of the Holy Spirit
Enlightenment and enrichment in utterance (1 Cor. 1:5; Eph. 6:19; Col. 4:3)
Recall and wise use of Scripture
Exalt Jesus Christ – preach about and for Christ; He increase, I decrease
Magnify God’s Word
Have the mind of Christ – understanding (1 Cor. 2:16), humility (Phil. 2:5)
Bind the forces of Satan
Arrest the attention of the hearers
Prepare the hearers minds, hearts, consciences, wills
Choice of text, message, emphasis, application
Preach with boldness, liberty (free flow of thoughts and words), power, authority from God, love, compassion
God’s Word bring conviction, hope, faith, salvation, transformation, nourishment, growth, edify for maturity, equip for ministry
Rapport with listeners, as a shepherd with his sheep
Physical strength, energy, vitality
Please God (Psa 19:14)
Represent God accurately (1 Peter 4:11)
New birth, growth & life-transforming response
Not rely on self
No fear of man
God will accomplish what He intends
Lasting effects, change, growth fruit from previous messages and this one
MANIFEST YOUR WORD THROUGH PREACHING (Titus 1:3)
PUT YOUR WORDS IN MY MOUTH (Jer. 1:9)
CAUSE YOUR WORD TO RUN SWIFTLY (Ps. 147:15; 2 Thess. 3:1)
HASTEN YOUR WORD TO PERFORM IT (Jer. 1:12)
IT IS TIME O LORD FOR YOU TO WORK (Ps. 119:126)