May 17 2011

Preaching is About Reminding Us of Our Identity

by Doug Wolter

My friend, Chad Nuss, with a good reminder for preachers, teachers and hearers of God’s Word:

In this classic scene, Buzz is convinced his role is to save the galaxy. However, Woody knows who Buzz really is and is trying his best to get through to him. This is what preaching is all about. Preaching is not primarily about what we are supposed to do or not do. Preaching is about reminding us of our identity. We are like Buzz, convinced we are good, spiritual people. The preacher comes to us like Woody, yelling at us to get us to see we are really sinners separated from God without Christ. But once we become followers of Christ, the preacher continues to come to us like Woody, yelling at us to remember who we are in Christ. Christianity is not about a list of do’s and don’ts. Christianity is about identity. We cannot change what we do until we change who we are. Preaching reminds us of who we were without Christ and who we are in Christ. Preaching reminds us that we can’t save the galaxy because we can’t even save ourselves. Only Christ can do that.


Apr 6 2011

Circle of Blessing: Teaching Honor to Your Kids

by Doug Wolter

Recently I gave a message on the 5th Commandment – Honor your father and mother. Here’s one segment where I adapted Tedd Tripp’s concept of the Circle of Blessing (from Shepherding a Child’s Heart) and brought out our need for the gospel. I also want to give a shout-out to Tony Kummer whose idea I borrowed from this bible lesson for kids.

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Jan 26 2011

Pastor Lisle Drury Preaching @ Sojourn

by Doug Wolter

If you’re a member of LBC, I just found some links to a few sermons by our friend and former student pastor, Lisle Drury!  Take a listen and send him a word of encouragement!  He’s doing a great job serving as Pastor of Sojourn’s J-Town Campus.

The Gospel of God’s Cross

The Gospel of God’s Kingdom

Wisdom and Planning


Nov 22 2010

Jesus Didn’t Say, “Feed My Giraffes.”

by Doug Wolter

The best preachers and teachers take profound, meaty truths and break them up into little, understandable bites so their listeners can “get it” and do something with it.  I love what John Stott says in his well-known book, Between Two Worlds:

To preach instead over people’s heads, is to forget who they are.  As Spurgeon once commented, ‘Christ said, “Feed my sheep … Feed my lambs.” Some preachers, however, put the food so high that neither lambs nor sheep can reach it.  They seem to have read the text, “Feed my giraffes” ‘ (p. 147).

Related Posts:

7 Reasons Why Pastors Should Teach a Preschool Class

Do you have an eye on the children when you preach?

Becoming a Better Teacher


Nov 16 2010

Latest Sermon – Through Fiery Trials

by Doug Wolter

This past Sunday I preached from 1 Peter 4:12-19.  My message was entitled, Through Fiery Trials, as I walked through these three questions:

1. What are fiery trials?
2. Why does God bring fiery trials?
3. How should we respond to fiery trials?

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Oct 6 2010

This Message Broke Me …

by Doug Wolter

I needed this message from God through Francis Chan.  It broke me and brought me to tears.


Oct 5 2010

Two Questions to Ask As You Prepare to Speak

by Doug Wolter

As Francis Chan started his message at the recent DG conference he shared two questions he asks himself as he prepares to speak:

1.  Am I worried about what people will think of my message or what God will think of it?

2. Do I genuinely love the people I’m about to speak to?


Sep 13 2010

Sit, Walk, Stand in Ephesians

by Doug Wolter

Watchman Nee first divided the book of Ephesians into 3 basic sections in his book, Sit, Walk, Stand.  It’s a simple and profound reminder that our entire life is meant to be lived out from the finished work of Christ on our behalf.

Sit – Our position in Christ (Eph. 1:20, 2:6)

Walk – Our life in this world (Eph. 4:1, 17, 5:2, 8b)

Stand – Our attitude toward Satan (Eph. 6:13-14)


Sep 3 2010

Preaching as a Means of Soul Care

by Doug Wolter

Sometimes we separate preaching and counseling as two distinct parts of pastoral ministry.  But good, gospel-centered preaching is a means of soul care to believers as Lloyd Jones makes clear in this quote below:

The preaching of the Gospel from the pulpit, applied by the Holy Spirit to individuals who are listening, has been the means of dealing with personal problems of which I as the preacher knew nothing… D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

My pastor, Tony Rose, models this well.  You can listen to his radio broadcast on 94.7 FM/900 AM at 6:00 PM. or go here for past broadcasts.


Aug 6 2010

A Small Jesus

by Doug Wolter

Daniel Montgomery, Pastor of Sojourn Church in Louisville, Kentucky, shares 5 different “images of a small god” that we create in our minds.  Each one is a startling contrast to Jesus Christ, as described in Colossians 1:14-23.  The Jesus we often settle for is not the Jesus of scripture.  He’s a small Jesus, who acts like: (click on each one for more)

Listen to the entire sermon and download his notes here.