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How can we preach persuasively without huckstering, manipulating, or coercing people? Sadly, we are seeing the fall of many pastors not for reasons of sexual immorality, but the pursuit of pride and power. The skillful use of marketing methods creates celebrity pastors who become significant influencers in the evangelical church. The lure of success is seductive, turning pastors into hucksters and Christians into consumers. We need to heed the warnings of the New Testament about the pride of rhetoric and the pursuit of power. David Christensen carefully analyzes the biblical warnings of Paul about the temptations of rhetorical sophistry in the first-century church and applies them to pastoral ministry today. God calls preachers to be ethical and effective persuaders. David develops an ethical grid for pastoral persuasion using principles drawn from the Bible and social science along with practical illustrations from his years of ministry. He calls preachers to be ethical and effective persuaders by emphasizing the centrality of the word of God while depending on the power of the Spirit of God.
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For decades David Christensen has not only studied and taught the proper use of persuasion in preaching and ministry, he has also practiced it. His book provides the historical and biblical background for understanding the issues involved.  It is filled with practical examples, both positive and negative, which equip the reader to both preach and pastor with greater integrity and effectiveness.Dr. David Lambertson, faculty member at New England Bible College and Grace Evangelical Seminary

“David Christensen’s newest book is much-needed. The author, a pastor who not only grew up on the mission field but also served much of his life as a college professor and administrator, calls us to recognize that our preaching and all forms of ministry expression are systemic outworkings of our hearts. That means that our persuasion is influence and our influence must serve its purpose from pure motives. The book is a must-read for all Christian leaders who speak and write for ministry.” – Dr. David Deuel, Academic Dean Emeritus, The Master’s Academy International
 
There’s no shortage of books on how to preach effective sermons, but rarely can you find a work that digs deep into the inner workings of how persuasion can be done with biblical authority and integrity. Drawing from a well dug deep through years of experience as a pastor and educator, David Christensen unpacks both the historic and popular techniques used by preachers and examines whether they measure up to the biblical standard for conveying doctrine, reproof, correction and training in righteousness. – Rick Francis, New England Consultant for the Cecil B. Day Foundation
 
There are not enough books like this, calling preachers of the Gospel back to the old path of dependence on the power of God. Christensen writes The Persuasive Preacher with maturity, insight, and clarity, reminding us that a faithful proclamation of the Biblical message will equip us with an ethically sourced concept of what it means to be a soul-winner. – Garrett Soucy, Pastor, Christ the King Church
 
“The Persuasive Preacher calls pastors to present God’s Word with biblical authority and boldness. Christensen, a seasoned pastor and professor, understands and effectively communicates why and how preachers should use biblical persuasion techniques. He also acknowledges the responsibility of listeners to respond, without any unethical manipulation from the preachers. Numerous illustrations reinforce his pertinent arguments. I consider this book a welcome companion to my own volume, Persuasive Preaching.” – R. Larry Overstreet, retired professor at Corban University School of Ministry
 
As the Apostle John warned in his third letter about leaders like Diotrephes , David pierces through poisonous agendas to carefully divide between manipulation and the way of the Spirit of true holiness. This book is a heart check for each spiritual leader’s soul and a guide to walking in the wisdom of the responsibility to speak the truth in love, and to rest in the Spirit for the results. Jamie Bickel – Pastor of South Hope Community Church
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AUGUST 31, 2020

Disciple-Making Preachers

by David Christensen
 
We are seeing a renewed emphasis in the church on making disciples who make disciples. The evangelical church is devoting time, money, and energy to developing resources for discipleship through conferences, workshops, books, and courses. This resurgent interest in making disciples is refreshing, given the fact that Christ left us with only one command in His great commission – make disciples of all nations (Mt. 28:19). The mission of the church is singular. All our activities should support our disciple-making mission.
 

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How can we preach persuasively without huckstering, manipulating, or coercing people? Sadly, we are seeing the fall of many pastors not for reasons of sexual immorality, but the pursuit of pride and power. The skillful use of marketing methods creates celebrity pastors who become significant influencers in the evangelical church. The lure of success is seductive, turning pastors into hucksters and Christians into consumers. We need to heed the warnings of the New Testament about the pride of rhetoric and the pursuit of power. David Christensen carefully analyzes the biblical warnings of Paul about the temptations of rhetorical sophistry in the first-century church and applies them to pastoral ministry today. God calls preachers to be ethical and effective persuaders. David develops an ethical grid for pastoral persuasion using principles drawn from the Bible and social science along with practical illustrations from his years of ministry. He calls preachers to be ethical and effective persuaders by emphasizing the centrality of the word of God while depending on the power of the Spirit of God.
 
 
 

Our Heavenly Father has adopted us into His family and our adoption is the foundation for our transformation. Spiritual transformation is a gradual process of change as we learn the ways of our Father. Christians want to live a victorious life immediately. Talk of being radical or revolutionary Christians excites us but these descriptions imply that other Christians are lesser members of the family of God. Many consider the normal Christian life inferior to the higher Christian life. What is a normal Christian life? The Apostle Paul describes a normal Christian life in Romans 6-8. 

 
 
 

Is your Christian life dull and dry, full of rituals and responsibilities without any passion or joy? Has your obedience become a duty and your faith turned into an obligation? Renew your relationship with Jesus through this study of John 13-16. Jesus invites you to be His friends not merely His servants. Kindle the passion of fresh friendship with Jesus as He opens His heart to you in these chapters. His self-disclosure encourages your transparency as you explore what it means to be friends with Jesus. 

 
 
 
Expository preaching exposes the ideas in the biblical unit of thought, so the sermon follows the flow of the passage. The hearers should be able to think their way through the passage after the sermon has been preached.  The preacher seeks to visualize the flow of thought – to picture the structure of the passage. The sermon should expose the hinges on which the passage swings by developing an outline based on the structure but written in contemporary language. This workbook provides a structural diagram based on the Greek text side by side with a format for the expositor to develop an outline from the passage. Short, practical insights add exegetical depth and sermon seed thoughts to help the preacher flesh out the message. 
 
 
 

Forgiveness is not easy despite the pictures painted in many sermons. We all struggle to forgive the hurts we feel. Bitterness and resentment threaten our souls if we do not release the poison to God. Pastor David Christensen deals honestly with the pain we feel while pointing us to the wonderful release we can enjoy when we give and receive forgiveness. The book uses the metaphor of faces to teach about forgiveness. The faces of those who experience healing form the backdrop for a theology of forgiveness. David lays out the practical steps we must take to experience the healing power of forgiveness. 

 
 
 
Expository preaching exposes the ideas in the biblical unit of thought, so the sermon follows the flow of the passage. The hearers should be able to think through the passage after the sermon has been preached. The preacher seeks to visualize the flow of thought – to picture the structure of the passage. The sermon should expose the hinges on which the passage swings by developing an outline based on the structure but written in contemporary language. This workbook provides a structural diagram based on the Greek text side by side with a format for the expositor to develop an outline from the passage. Short, practical insights add exegetical depth and sermon seed thoughts to help the preacher flesh out the message. The workbook encourages the preacher to mine the riches of 2 Corinthians 2:14-7:4 for personal growth and sermon preparation.

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These sermons are downloadable, can be listened to online, or subscribed to via an RSS feed (e.g. as a Podcast on your mobile device.) Our sermon podcast “Honey from the Rock” is available on iTunes.
Arrows of Victory – 2 Kings 13:14-19 by Pastor David Christensen

Oct 21, 2018
Arrows of Victory 2 Kings 13:14-19
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  • Oct 21, 2018Arrows of Victory 2 Kings 13:14-19
    Oct 21, 2018
    Arrows of Victory 2 Kings 13:14-19
  • Oct 14, 2018A Great Commission Church Matthew 28:16-20
    Oct 14, 2018
    A Great Commission Church Matthew 28:16-20
Additional Sermon Series
 
1 John:
Fellowship With God
1 Samuel:
Integrity, The Fulcrum
Hebrews:
The Supremacy of Christ
Titus:
Healthy Church Practice
Romans:
Sanctification
Judges:
Culture Wars
Philippians:
Living Fellowship
1 Peter: Living in a
Hostile World
Ecclesiastes: Meaningless! 
Life Without God
Acts: His Church and
Our Mission
Genesis:
The Book of Beginnings
Revelation:
Final Judgement

Luke:
To Seek and to Save
Micah:
Social Justice