How To Preach Without Notes

How To Preach Without Notes

In How To Preach Without Notes, Charles W Koller presents the paradigm for preaching that gives a preacher freedom in the pulpit to preach Godís word to Godís people. Koller is not referring to preaching without any notes; he is referring to preaching from concise notes rather than a full manuscript.

Charles W Koller states it this way: ďThe procedures here recommended include the same general and particular preparation that is urged for preaching from a manuscript. Beyond this, it demands the utmost accuracy in the use of words, and the utmost precision in integrating the parts of the outline. The conciseness, in a one page outline, presents a further life-long discipline, attended with life-long rewardsĒ (Koller 11).

In How To Preach Without Notes, Charles W Koller discusses the mechanics of preaching. In chapter one, Koller looks at the spiritual conception of preaching.

Koller states that preaching is that unique procedure by which God, through His chosen messenger, reaches down into the human family and brings persons face to face with God Himself (Koller 13).

The scriptural conception of preaching first relates to the messenger. The messenger is called of God to take the word of God to the people of God. It is the messenger who reveals God to others through the preaching of Godís word.

The character of the messenger also plays an important role in the delivery of the message. Koller asserts that in ministry, as in other callings, character is decisive. The Holy Spirit simply will not identify Himself with the unclean or unconsecrated (Koller 14).

The function of the messenger is very clear Ė to take the word of God to the people of God. Koller states that under the burden of his message he will not think of himself as a pipe through which the truth flows out to others, but as a living embodiment of the truth to which he seeks to win others for Jesus Christ (Koller 15).

Next, the scriptural conception of preaching relates to the message itself, especially its content. Koller asserts that all true preaching rests upon the basic affirmation, ďThus saith the Lord!Ē Koller reaffirms that this affirmation occurs approximately two thousand times in the Scriptures. When the preacher faithfully communicates the word of God, he speaks with authority (Koller 15).

As you know, the word of God is not a record of manís religious discoveries. It is the record of Godís unfolding revelation of Himself to mankind. Preaching is simply proclaiming the word of God to the people of God.

The message from Godís word is also very powerful. The word of God is quick and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). The gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18). My word shall not return unto me void (Isaiah 55:11).

The message from Godís word has a purpose. Koller states that all biblical preaching aims at persuasion to godliness (Koller 17). Koller notes that the sermon which aims at salvation must be invested with edifying features; and the sermon which is preached primarily for the edification of the hearers must possess saving features (Koller 18).

Koller asserts that in all biblical preaching God seeks primarily to bring man into fellowship with Himself (Koller 18). After salvation, the emphasis is upon the things that accompany salvation. For example, consecration, indoctrination, inspiration, comfort, strengthening, conviction and action! In other words, preaching should aim to communicate the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27).

Koller concludes by stating that preaching directs people to God who is the source of all help.

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