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February 24, 2011


Ben D.

Hi Bill

I agree with you 100%. I would say that it can be helpful to look at other sermons to see how people handle a text, structure the message, tease out applications, etc.

When I was preaching regularly, I would often look at manuscripts (or listen to podcasts) of other people's sermons -- but after I did my own research, prayer, bible study, etc.

Sometimes I picked up a great turn-of-phrase for a BIG IDEA, other times a great controlling metaphor or illustration -- or even an outline. But you have to make it your own and I think authentic is always more effective than slick... so just go for authentic.

Great series of posts, btw!



Thanks, Ben!

I agree, authenticity is more effective in the end.


Even as a bi-vocational pastor I have big problem with using other people's sermons. Especially, when it basically preached in totality and there is no mention that this is someone else's work. That is plagiarism. I know of a couple of church planters that do this and act as if it is their own. That is one of the problems with the pragmatic approach to church planting. The ends justify the means.

I think there are times where it might work to preach another's sermon but we must be upfront about it with our congregation. Spurgeon did this I believe. Good post and we are talking about this same thing in our seminary class right now.



I bet there are some lively discussions in that class, Joe!

Honestly, I'd rather see truth taught and the gospel proclaimed than not -so I'd rather see people preaching other people's sermons than for people to not hear God's word. I just think it's more effective when people have taken the time to wrestle with the scriptures and hear from God themselves about what to say.

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