Learn Preaching from Kurt Skelly Part 2

Welcome to part two of our preaching series with Pastor Kurt Skelly. We are excited to partner with Veritas Baptist College for this preview on the sermon preparation courses we will be offering in the upcoming semester.

In the last episode, I had the chance to ask my friend about his sermon preparation, specifically his approach to expository preaching. We are continuing the discussion on text selection and Kurt’s methods behind expository preaching.

Here are the notes from our conversation:

Text selection - How can occasion and audience influence which text you preach as a guest speaker?

Both of those factors in what can be called appropriateness. You see this amongst biblical preachers as they addressed the situation at hand; they addressed the crowds and matters.

To be appropriate, you really want to think through these two factors: Occasion and Audience. Understand your place.

Stick to something that is going to be:

  1. Biblical

  2. Beneficial

Concerning selection and balance - How would you mix in the balance of a new text when preaching a series?

When looking at the Bible, look at it with two major divisions:

  1. Old Testament

  2. New Testament

Offer balance, even within the week depending on what a host pastor is teaching. Think through the text of your sermon like you would prepare a meal. Balance each part of the diet accordingly.

Observation - Now that you’ve selected this text, your job as a preacher is to identify what it says. We are going to find out what God said and say that to the people.

When you preach a book of the Bible, you need to do a couple things before you preach any text of that book:

  1. Read the book in its entirety several times.

  2. Make sure that you’re asking all the “Big Rock” questions first:

  • Who is writing?

  • What is the occasion/setting?

  • Who is the original audience?

  • How would the original audience have received this?

  • Why was this book being written?

Are there any reference materials that can help develop an understanding of Bible books?

  1. The Bible Knowledge Commentary with John Walvoord and Roy Zuck

  2. Frank Gaebelein series commentary

  3. Precept Austin

The best thing to do is to have one “Swing Thought” when studying the Bible. Swing Thoughts are defined as systematic processes in reading a passage over and over. An example would be reading the passage devotionally, then re-reading it paying attention to verbs, and re-reading again but focusing on the setting of the passage. You don’t need to be a grammar expert but you should be able to block diagram a passage to grammatically understand its composition. As you study the Bible, you should also be taking notes or jotting down thoughts.

Connect with Kurt Skelly:

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Referenced in the episode:

The Bible Knowledge Commentary with John Walvoord and Roy Zuck

The Expositor's Bible Commentary Complete Set (OT & NT), 12 Volumes (Volumes 1-12)

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