What Makes a Sermon Biblical?

What is biblical preaching?Most Christians would agree that a biblical sermon is a good thing, but how many would actually be able to define what makes a biblical sermon biblical?

“The fact is, most people think biblical communication is a style,” says Dr. J. Kent Edwards, tenured professor of preaching and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and founding pastor of Oasis Community Church in Yorba Linda, California. “In many cases, people will think that to preach biblically means to work through verse by verse, through a biblical text: ‘This morning, we are at Romans 5:3c, and we’re going to continue by looking at part “d” of this verse, and we’ll see how far God takes us.’ That’s a style. That’s just a style.”

In contrast to a particular style of preaching, Dr. Edwards teaches in his new Mobile Ed course, CM102 Invitation to Biblical Preaching I: Theological, Historical, and Pragmatic Reasons for Preaching, that biblical preaching is an entire philosophy that extends to all different styles of preaching.

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75% off Boice’s Expositional Commentaries

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“Dr. Boice’s commentary series is a treasure for the church and for her pastors. No expository preacher can afford to be without it.” So says R.C. Sproul regarding James Montgomery Boice’s Expositional Commentaries.

James Montgomery Boice received degrees from Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Basel in Switzerland, was the pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia for over 30 years, and was a founding member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He was also a prolific author, writing popular works such as Foundations of the Christian Faith and The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Essentials of Evangelicalism, as well as a collection of hymns.
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Copy Factbook Entries into Your Word Processor

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

As I show Logos users at Camp Logos how to use the Factbook, I’m often asked:

How can I copy data from a Factbook entry to a word-processor document?

The answer just became incredibly simple with the recent release of Logos 6.4. A new Copy feature is now available for each section in the Factbook!
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8 of July’s Best Deals

Discover July's Deals

Every month, we feature discounts on a wide range of products: commentaries, biblical and theological studies, preaching resources, and more. With more than 100 products, you’re sure to find something you’ll want. Here are eight of this month’s best deals.
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Douglas Moo Explains the Essence of Christian Freedom

What is the essence of Christian freedom?
“For freedom Christ has set us free,” the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Galatians. “Stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Gal 5:1). But what does the Apostle Paul mean when he writes of our freedom in Christ?

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Learn from Kent Hughes, Bryan Chapell and Other Great Preachers

Get 31% off the Preaching the Word Series (36 vols.)
What if reading a commentary could be like listening to a good sermon? The Preaching the Word Series offers commentaries on 41 books of the Bible, written in the style of expository sermons on the texts and rich in practical application. And during July, you can get this series for 31% off.

R. Kent Hughes, who serves as series editor and author of several of the volumes, is joined by Philip Graham Ryken, Bryan Chapell, Iain M. Duguid, John Woodhouse, David Jackman, and other skilled preachers. While you may not be able to listen to these gifted preachers on a regular basis, these commentaries allow you to consult their expository insights whenever you want.
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Visual Learning in the Church

Visual Learning in the Church
Did you know that, according to the Social Science Research Network, nearly 65 percent of people are visual learners? That means what you put on the screen at church matters. People who learn visually need to see what they hear not only to comprehend, but also to retain information. When listening to a sermon, visual learners benefit from pictures, slides and live demonstrations. In worship, they are very aware of the aesthetics and the overall ambiance of the room. In these cases, the visual aspects help people connect with what is being spoken or sung and reinforce the service in a positive way.
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Maximize Your Study of Proverbs with This Intuitive Tool


The book of Proverbs is full of recurring themes, characters, and poetic forms. It covers everything from wealth and poverty, to archetypical characters such as “the foolish man” and “the righteous person.” But one of its most compelling features is the practical advice it offers parents and children. With the Proverbs Explorer in Logos 6, tracking down that wisdom is simple and intuitive. You can group and locate proverbs based on theme, type, characters, and even poetic form. In this video, I’ll show you how to quickly discover every proverb written from a father’s perspective, then refine your search to those written with the poetic structure known as “antithetical parallelism.”

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Gear Up for Summer with Great Deals from Lexham Press

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Summer is upon us, and that means it’s time to hike, camp, swim, and enjoy the great outdoors. I just recently got back from climbing Mt. Baker, and to prepare for that excursion, I had to have all the right equipment. Backpack, boots, rope, crampons, clothing, food—all in all I was carrying over 40 lbs of gear up the mountain. I wouldn’t have been able to successfully make it up the mountain without all of it.

Sometimes, our Bible study can feel like climbing a mountain—there’s just so much to learn, to read, and to process. Whether you’re a pastor, a student, or just someone who is serious about their Bible study, Lexham Press is committed to helping you study the Bible, better. And during the Lexham Press Summer Sale, you’ll get incredible deals on all the right resources for whatever you’re studying.
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Nearly 40% off J.C. Ryle and Other Great Deals

Canada Day is here, but you don’t have to be from the Great White North to celebrate. We’ve got 30+ resources on sale through July 13!
Here are some highlights:

Analytical Bible Expositor (27 Vols.)

Regularly $479.99—get it for $249.99 (that’s 47% off!)
John G. Butler’s Analytical Bible Expositor is a comprehensively organized, chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse commentary.
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