In answering questions about life after death, we are left with only two sources to consult. Either we turn to human experience or we turn to the Word of God. If we turn to human experience, we find many guesses, many ideas, many theories—but no sure answers.
Currently, I am preaching through a series of messages about leadership in the church. In the last message, I taught on the qualifications necessary for someone to serve as an elder in the church by summing it up to three characteristics: mature, loving, and discerning.
While I think there are other forms of preaching that are valuable and have a place within the life of the church, it is my conviction that expository preaching should be the foundation of the pulpit ministry of a healthy, gospel-centered, Christ-focused church.
I am often given the opportunity to preach funerals where I do not know the deceased or their family. This was one of those occasions. I preached a funeral of an unbeliever with many other unbelievers present.
Yesterday I spent about 45 minutes talking and praying with one of my current students. He now finds himself responsible for preparing and teaching a message every Friday and Sunday. Here's my advice to him.
Yes, you can! In fact, we have done so for almost a decade without a dime in the budget going to it. Here are some of the details of our pastoral internship, with hopes it will help you see you can design something similar.