Today’s post was written by guest blogger Alan Carr, whose Sermon Notebook was recently published on WORDsearch. Read more about it and download here.
Nearly 2,000 years ago, the Apostle Paul, in his words to Timothy, articulated the philosophy that brought The Sermon Notebook into being. Paul wrote, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2 KJV)
The internet ministry of The Sermon Notebook began as a very small endeavor. In 1997, a friend suggested that I post a series of sermons I had prepared from the book of Revelation. I took his advice. When the initial response to the sermons was positive, and interest in my sermons grew, I developed The Sermon Notebook, and our ministry was born.
Since then, I have posted well over 1,100 sermons. Over the years, the ministry has grown beyond all of my expectations. The ministry of The Sermon Notebook is accessed by tens of thousands of visitors every day, and I regularly receive emails from every populated continent in the world. I am grateful to the Lord for how He has blessed this ministry and used our sermons since those humble beginnings years ago.
As the years have passed, the mission of The Sermon Notebook has not changed: The Sermon Notebook exists to help preachers and students of the Bible in their Bible study, their preaching, and their sermon preparation. To that end, when I prepare sermons, I follow an expository model. Expositional preaching is the primary preaching method described in the Bible, (Neh. 8:8; Acts 2:14-40; Acts 8:29-35). As such, it is the model preachers should follow today.
The Bible should be allowed to speak for itself. When it does, the people of God are fed, and they grow in their understanding of His Word, and in their relationship with Him. The sermons in The Sermon Notebook function, in many ways, like a commentary. They seek to explain the text by examining the Biblical context, by defining the pivotal words in the text, and by addressing the historical background of the passage. Beyond that, they are devotional in the sense that they make practical application to the lives of people today. This is accomplished through the use of illustrations and through direct application.
It is my desire that preachers, and other students of the Word, will find a valuable resource that will aid them in their comprehension of God’s message in the Bible. I am aware that not all preachers have had access to traditional classes in hermeneutics and homiletics. Hopefully, the sermons in The Sermon Notebook will help users grow in their understanding of God’s Word, and in their ability to communicate His truth to others.
When I was approached by WORDsearch about the possibility of The Sermon Notebook being published as WORDsearch module, I was excited about the opportunity. I believe it will allow The Sermon Notebook to reach an even broader audience. As one man said, “I am just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.” Hopefully, I can help others learn to make their own bread.
It is my hope that many will avail themselves of the useful products available in the WORDsearch library. In an hour of increasing spiritual confusion and spreading Biblical darkness, the people of God should lay hold of every resource available to them. The WORDsearch library is a powerful Bible Study tool. I am proud to be a member of the WORDsearch family.
If you purchase The Sermon Notebook, and it proves helpful to you, please send me a note. I would appreciate the opportunity to correspond with you via email. My contact information can be found at www.sermonnotebook.org.
Carr holds the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Theology degrees. Currently, he teaches Homiletics, Christology and Manuscript Evidence courses at West Lenoir Baptist School of Ministry. He is married to Joan Carr, and has two children, both who are involved in ministry.