Our theme Simplicity & Power is drawn from 1 Cor 1:17-18, “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
Preaching is hard but it is not complex. Learn a simple Triadic method for gospel proclamation that will keep you fresh, relying on the Spirit, and bring about the fruitfulness God has promised.
Breakfast & Worship
The Triadic Model: Introduction and 'Teach the Text'
Pastor Paul will introduce the biblical foundation and current need for simplicity in preaching. He will also unfold the first and normative principle of his Triadic model, to explain the text of Scripture. Everything follows from this.
The Triadic Model: 'Describe with Delight' and 'Apply with Authority'
Completing the upward-inward-outward Triadic model, the primary and normative function of 'teaching the text' is followed, secondly, by delighting in God's truths and communicating them with joy, and thirdly, prophetically applying them with authority.
Individual Work and Conclusion
A thirty-minute exercise to illustrate the simple Triadic model of preaching.
Breakfast & Worship
The Biblical Model: Simplicity & Power
Pastor Paul will revisit the Triadic model and explain how it serves simplicity (and power!) for the preacher and church. Imagine a society in which every church had many men able to preach, teach, evangelize, and plant churches.
Extending our exercise and homework, participants will have 45 minutes to go from text to outline to be ready to preach a short sermon.
Some closing thoughts by Pastor Paul on the role of a personally developed biblical and systematic theology as resources upon which to draw for your preaching
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How to Get Here via Transit
- 10 min walk from Sapperton Skytrain Station – walk up Keary Street and cross to the west side of E. Columbia Street. Walk north along E. Columbia until you see the Impark lot on your left. You can cut across it to reach Hospital Street, or you can continue on E. Columbia and turn left on Hospital Street. Walk west (uphill) on Hospital for 60 metres to reach our church building.
- By Bus 155 – Eastbound, get off at stop #53597 (Hospital @ E. Columbia) or Westbound, get off at stop #53613 (Hospital @ E. Columbia)
- We are half a block west of Royal Columbian Hospital