Sermons on Preaching & Evangelism

Sermons on Preaching & Evangelism

Our Generation Has a Unique Opportunity (24 min)

Our present era of mass migration provides an opportunity like never before to fulfil the Lord’s command to take the gospel to every nation. We just need to open our eyes and our hearts. People you could previously never have dreamt of reaching with the gospel have now come to you! Readings: Matt 28.18-20, Mark 16.15-16, 20, Luke 4.46-48. (Recorded in Jackson, MI, USA, 17th Feb 2024)

The Case for a Gospel Meeting (15 min)

What has happened to the gospel meeting? Replaced, cancelled, or greatly shortened and tagged onto the end of other better-attended meetings, can a case still be made for holding a gospel meeting? After 60 years of full-time gospel preaching, Norman Crawford (1927-2013) spoke at a conference on the topic of “the gospel meeting” and provided a positive case from 1. the words used in the New Testament and 2. from the history of apostolic outreach in the book of Acts.…

Part 4 – How to Communicate the Gospel (52 min)

In the last of a 4-part series of messages on gospel communication, Michael Penfold speaks on how to present a gospel message. Preachers should preach with authority, dignity, sensitivity, simplicity, clarity, cogency, authenticity, solemnity, intensity and fervency. Michael gives practical advice on how to maintain attention throughout; opening and closing in prayer; the use of notes; gestures; eye contact and the use of the human voice. Reading: Ecc 12:10-11 (Message given in Northampton, UK, 2018)

Part 3 – How to Communicate the Gospel (43 min)

In the third of a 4-part series of messages on gospel communication, Michael Penfold speaks on how to prepare a gospel message. First, the preacher needs to be prepared, then the sermon. Michael outlines the three main genres of sermon before discussing the preparation process and how to structure a message, providing helpful hints that should benefit young men who are starting out.  Readings: Rom 1:16-17, 1 Cor 2:1-5, 1 Tim 4:13-16, 2 Tim 3:15, 4:1-5 (Message given in Northampton,…

Part 2 – How to Communicate the Gospel (55 min)

In the second of a 4-part series of messages on gospel communication, Michael Penfold lays out the essential content of the gospel message. He gives a three-fold proof from Scripture that “the gospel” consists of the three “R’s” – man’s ruin (sin), God’s remedy (Christ crucified) and man’s responsibility (repent and believe). The rest of the message is taken up explaining how to effectively preach man’s ruin (that he might be brought to repentance) and how to preach the cross…

Part 1 – How To Communicate the Gospel (41 min)

In the first of a 4-part series of messages on gospel communication, Michael Penfold takes up the subject of “the divine method of communication”. He shows from Scripture that God has not only given us a message, but a method: preaching. He outlines 4 ways in which preaching is superior to the performing arts in communicating the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you think “preaching doesn’t work any more”, you need to listen to this message! Readings: Mark…

The Landmark of the Gospel Meeting (30 min)

Jon Procopio follows up his message on the landmark of the prayer meeting with a message on the landmark of the gospel meeting. In another powerful sermon, Jonathan flags up the importance of preaching the gospel and urges his audience not to abandon gospel preaching, nor to add to it, nor to replace it with other methods that are not found in Scripture. Jonathan’s insightful message is based on Scripture and backed up by decades of experience in gospel work.…

Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses (47 min)

Michael Penfold outlines the identity, origins, practices and beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses before giving some guidance on how to effectively witness to them. Since the JW’s own Bible version, the New World Translation, has deliberately corrupted verses like John 1:1, Col 1:15-18 and Heb 1:8 (in order to avoid and deny the truth of the deity of Christ) Michael suggests a few other other passages that can be used just as effectively to teach the truth about Christ to…

Witnessing to Roman Catholics (47 min)

An evangelist from Ireland gives guidance and counsel from the Bible as to how to witness to Roman Catholics. He explains the background, culture and thinking of people brought up in this religion, and how to approach them with the gospel of Christ. He gives especially helpful insights into the difference between the Roman Catholic view of salvation i.e. their understanding of “grace”, being “born again”, and of the “death of Christ”, and what the Bible actually teaches (Readings: Heb…

Witnessing to Muslims (40 min)

Andrew Mullan gives guidance, from some years of experience, on witnessing to Muslims. He approaches the topic under 4 headings: 1. Building relationships, 2. Engaging the conscience, 3. Preparing responses, 4. Understanding the Islamic mindset. We need to overcome our fear of engaging Islam and with patience seek to bring the truth of God’s word to this needy audience. Andrew explains how Muslims think, and gives ideas and strategies for how to effectively evangelise them (Readings: 2 Cor 5:14, Rom…

Witnessing to Secularists and Atheists (47 min)

Mervyn Hall gives guidance on witnessing to secularists and atheists. He deals with 4 different types: the pragmatist, the activist, the theorist and the antagonist. Mervyn recommends presuppositional – rather than evidential – apologetics, as the most scriptural approach, the danger being that when you convince an atheist using evidence all you get is a deist. It is not our responsibility to convince people that God exists; they already know He exists and we have the authority of Scripture for…

Using Tracts, Signs and Websites in Evangelism (39 min)

After setting out the 7 Biblical tests that all evangelistic outreach methods must pass, Michael Penfold encourages Christians to make use of tracts, booklets, gospel signs and websites to spread the gospel of Christ. He outlines the tremendous potential of tracts and gives guidance about their content and various methods of giving them out, including 9 tips for passing out tracts in the streets of our towns and cities. “The only failure in evangelism is when we fail to evangelise”…

One to One Witnessing (42 min)

Eric Baijal encourages all believers to be personal witnesses. We have not fulfilled the great commission by merely attending a Sunday evening gospel meeting! We should be personally bringing the gospel into our street, our workplace and our circle of friends and contacts. We can do this by using opportunities (Acts 11:19-21), using hospitality (Acts 18:24-28) and using “prophecy” (Acts 8:26-39). In doing so we should be prayerful, intentional and walking in fellowship with the Lord – so that we…

Sunday School Work (41 min)

Based on over 25 years of experience in full time work mainly among children and young people, Robert Plant gives helpful guidance about how to conduct Sunday Schools and ‘children’s meetings’. Most importantly, Robert emphasises that our foundation must be the Word of God, with the salvation of the young as the ultimate goal. Then, among other things, Robert gives tips on behaviour management, on maintaining children’s attention, and on the use of object lessons. Readings: Joel 3:3, 1 Sam…

The Primacy of Preaching – Part 2 (44 min)

Michael Penfold addresses the question: is a “gospel meeting” a scriptural meeting? After outlining the history of how distinct regular gospel-preaching meetings have almost died out in the West, Michael sets out a scriptural case for continuing to hold them, both indoors and outdoors, based 1. on the meaning of the word “gospel” in the New Testament and 2. on the examples of Peter and Paul in the book of Acts. Readings: Mark 16:15, 1 Cor 9:16, Acts 10:34-48 (Message…

The Primacy of Preaching – Part 1 (45 min)

After outlining what the Bible means by “preaching”, Mervyn Hall shows from Scripture that God intends His gospel to be communicated through “public proclamation”. He takes time to answer the objection of many that “plain preaching” is less effective than other methods of communication more favoured in our culture. In our attempts at bridge-building with the lost, we need to keep the main thing the main thing. Readings: 1 Tim 4:1-5, Rom 1:16-19, 1 Cor 1:14-21 (Message preached 15th Sept…

Our Motivation for Evangelism (47 min)

Cameron Piper preaches on “motivations and hindrances” in gospel work. He highlights two main motivations: the glory of God and, love for souls. Among the hindrances he highlights are; being too busy, becoming too tied up with financial commitments, fear of embarrassment, laziness, uncleanness and prayerlessness. A challenging message (Message preached 8th Sept 2019)

Gospel Work (35 min)

Dan Shutt preaches on “gospel work”. He highlights the necessity of public preaching, the superiority of preaching, the need for a discreet gospel meeting rather than a “family Bible hour” that confuses teaching for Christians with preaching the gospel. He also includes sound advice to help us bring others to hear the gospel and suggest ways in which we can influence our neighbours for Christ (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 31st Mar 2016) (Painting: Paul preaching at Mars Hill in…

Preparation and Preaching (51 min)

Ian Jackson gives wise and challenging counsel on how to prepare for handling the word of God, and how to publicly preach it. He speaks of the essential preparation of both the soul of the preacher, and the sermon itself. He distinguishes between “speaking” and “preaching”. Included is advice on how to structure a message, the use of notes, the need for eye contact, a hearty spirit, clarity, humility and other vital ingredients (Message preached 11th Feb 2012)

Preparing and Structuring Gospel Sermons (25 min)

Michael Penfold gives guidance on preparing, structuring and delivering gospel messages. He describes the three main categories of gospel sermons, and the three essential parts each message must have. He gives pointers as to how to effectively preach with repentance and faith as the desired result (Message preached 16th Oct 2011).

Holding Your Audience’s Attention (27 min)

Michael Penfold gives Biblical counsel on gospel preaching and holding an audience’s attention. He describes the necessary attitude and bearing of the preacher, a man who will feel the burden of the message, and whose preaching must be scriptural, serious, simple and structured (Message preached 9th Oct 2011)

Why God Chose Preaching (21 min)

Michael Penfold sets forth numerous reasons why drama is an unsuitable method of communicating the gospel, and explains why God specifically ordained the means of “preaching” (Message preached 21st Nov 2010)

Preaching the Gospel (34 min)

Phil Coulson preaches a weighty message from Acts 28 on the dignity of public preaching and the purity of the message of the gospel. He passes comment on the use of PowerPoint in gospel preaching (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 5th April 2010)

The Unchanging Gospel (27 min)

Phil Coulson preaches on the unchanging gospel. He traces (in Acts) the way the apostles always preached the same message but adapted it to different audiences, without ever lowering the gospel by the use of drama (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 5th April 2010)

How to Do Door to Door Evangelism (32 min)

Murray McCandless explains how to effectively reach people with the gospel in their own homes. This neglected but Biblical task (Acts 20:20) has been greatly used of God over the centuries and remains an effective and direct method of gospel labour. Learn from an experienced evangelist with a lifetime of work in this area (Message preached 27th April 2008)

How to Witness One on One (33 min)

Murray McCandless explains how to witness ‘one on one’ from Acts Chapter 8. He gives useful tips on personal work, the use of gospel tracts and pointing sinners to Christ (Message preached 20th April 2008)

How to Prepare a Gospel Message (32 min)

Murray McCandless gives practical help on how to preach the gospel. How to prepare, structure, illustrate and deliver a gospel message (Message preached 13th April 2008 – please excuse the hail storm in the background at one point)