Power in the Pulpit by Jerry Vines & Jim Shaddix

Power in the Pulpit is a textbook on expository preaching. It is comprehensive in its scope yet practical and accessible. It is a must-read for preachers who love the Truth and a desire to keep God’s Word the focus of their preaching ministry. After all, if it isn’t God’s Word, it isn’t preaching.

The book comes in three parts:

1. The Preparation for Exposition – This section deals with the definition and philosophy of expository preaching as well as the development of the preacher.
2. The Process of Exposition – This section gives practical instruction for studying the text and organizing the sermon.
3. The Presentation of the Exposition – This section equips the preacher for effective sermon delivery.

Power in the Pulpit is a classic on expository preaching. It is deeply challenging, yet it encourages the preacher to the monumental task of preaching. It is an exaltation of God’s Word. It is a challenge to God’s servant. It will change the way your approach sermon preparation and delivery.

Arresting the Drift

In the East, where the dessert meets a river-valley or oasis, the sand is in a continual state of drift from the wind.  This is the cause for barrenness in such portions of the desert that join themselves to fertile land.  Simply set down a large rock on the sand, and see what a difference its presence makes.  After a few showers, to the leeward side of the stone some blades of grass will spring up; you have the beginnings of a garden!

The potential for this life is the product of the stone; but how?  Simply by arresting the drift.

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This life is full of wind; information overload, busy schedules, and winds of doctrine.  All of these blow in my life and if I do not protect against them, they will cause a drift that will choke out any fruit that I may be producing.  I need some immovable stones to arrest the drift.

My pastor and other spiritual leadership arrests the drift of misguided ambition and complacency.

My friends and family arrests the drift of burnout and loneliness.

The Word of God arrests the drift of false doctrine and the enemy’s lies.

Without these and other rocks in my life, the winds would blow and the sands would bury me in the cares of this world and the weakness of my flesh.

Thank God for arresting the drift!

What stones do you have in your life to arrest the drift?  Most of them have to be put there intentionally.