Required to take a class on preaching for my Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
(SBTS), I waited a few semesters to be sure that I could take the class from Dr. Russell Moore
, since God had used his preaching as a major factor in confirming my call to SBTS.
The class was co-taught by Dr. Moore's close friend, Rev. David Prince
, who is the pastor of Ashland Avenue Baptist Church. Overall, the class certainly met (or exceeded!) my expectations.
Early on during the semester, students were given 3 notes, which we were told to place in our Bibles that we use for preaching. These notes are excellent reminders about what Christian preaching MUST be, and I think they will benefit any Christian preacher, so I want to record them here:
1. "I am an ambassador for Christ when preaching."
2. When preaching, the center of every sermon must be Christ.
3. The purpose of preaching is not [merely] the passing along of ideas, it is communicating the story of the kingdom of Christ.