I have experienced this struggle, and I think many others do who preach the Word regularly. I have heard very effective communicators of the Word and wished I could emulate their delivery. I know of exceptional expositors of the Word, and wish I could replicate the quality of their content. This article addresses some mistakes preachers make. Several of the points were good reminders for me, especially point 3 about “wearing Saul’s armor.” We can all grow and improve, but need to remember to be who God made us to be, and that includes in our pulpit ministry.
Last Sunday I preached the final message in the series, Seeing Through Suffering and Pain. The nine messages were based primarily on the contents of the book of Job. I utilized a number of resources in my study and thought it might be helpful to share the ones I found most helpful. They are not listed in any particular order.
Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Job material by Elmer B. Smick)
Bible Knowledge Commentary (Job material by Roy B Zuck)
Job by Francis I. Andersen (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries)
Commentary on the Old Testament by Keil & Delitzsch (Vol. 4 on Job)
The Book of Job, An Exposition by Samuel Ridout
Job, by Steven J. Lawson
Be Patient, by Warren Wiersbe
Devotional Introduction to Job, by Andrew W. Blackwood, Jr.
Let God Be God: Life-Changing Truths from the Book of Job, by Ray C. Stedman
Focus on Job, Biblical Viewpoint, Vol. XXI, No. 2, November 1987
Job: Repentant or Rebellious? Westminster Theological Journal Vol. 46, No. 2, Fall, 1984
These Strange Ashes by Elisabeth Elliott (her story of her first year as a missionary and lessons learned from the trials she experienced before her husband Jim was killed)
Job On Trial by Israel J. Gerber (on the psychological aspects of Job’s experience; Gerber is an ordained rabbi with a Ph.D. in psychology)
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller (his newest book that was published while I was going through the series)
The Answer of Jesus to Job, by G. Campbell Morgan (relates Job’s questions to answers from the New Testament)
Beyond Suffering: Discovering the Message of Job, by Layton Talbert