The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit – Syncing Sermons

pastor/teacher's toolkit, wordsearch bible, sermonsSometimes, when creating a sermon, writer’s block hits, or the specific point you want to make seems to elude you, or you have trouble outlining your sermon. Have you ever wished you could see the opinion of another pastor on the topic you’re studying to help nudge you over the block?

WORDsearch publishes sermons from prominent preachers, and reading them can give you training from some of the best preachers in the world, past and present. Recently, we updated our published sermons to make them sync with Scripture. This helps you more quickly navigate to sermon content based on the Scripture you’re analyzing. This helps you see how the preacher divided up Scripture, and how they preached on that verse.

Let’s say I have my HCSB and Bible Knowledge Commentary opened and synced to Mark 6, where Jesus is rejected in Nazareth. In my commentary, I get background information about how far Jesus traveled to get to His hometown and who was with Him.  In verse 2 where the people ask, “What is this wisdom given to Him, and how are these miracles performed by His hands?” the BKC explains how their tone was disparaging and that they were offended. And that’s when writer’s block hits. How do I write a sermon about this?

Leaving my Bible and BKC open, I open up Wells of Living Water, a collection of sermons by Robert E. Neighbor. It immediately opens to Mark 6, because it’s syncing with my opened Bible. Here I find a sermon titled “How Unbelief Hindered Christ.” There are multiple parts of this sermon, with topics that could easily be split into a sermon series. Some of them include “Holding Jesus of Nazareth Down to a Human Genealogy,” “Making it Impossible for Christ to Do Mighty Works,” and “Marveling at Their Unbelief.” It also provides an illustration Neighbor personally used to help bring the point across.

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I can easily open up another set of sermons and navigate to Mark 6 to see if it contains any messages on that verse. Also, as I progress through Mark 6, the sermon follows along with anything it says about the verse I’m clicking on.

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Reading Neighbor’s words reinvigorates my enthusiasm for the text and fills me with fresh ideas on how to present it.  I decide I like the focus on the unbelief in these verses and how Jesus was not able to do any miracles in His hometown because they didn’t believe in Him. I craft my outline, add my ownl illustration of unbelief, and use WORDsearch to find other stories of how active faith allowed Jesus to do amazing things.

Scripture-synced sermons allows you to find great ideas by some of history’s finest preachers with the click of a button. As a result, your sermon prep time is greatly reduced. This is an excellent way to find fresh inspiration from renowned preachers and their sermons. And syncing makes it easier than ever to find just the material you’re looking for.

If you own any of these sermons sets already, simply go to Help, Check for Book Updates, then choose the sermons you want to update. This added functionality is free!

For more tips, don’t miss out on the other posts in the Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit series, Bible Dictionaries and Bible Surveys.

Discover the “Satchel Paige” of American Preachers

gardnertaylor, wordsearch bible. sermonsSatchel Paige was probably the greatest pitcher to ever play professional baseball. This is something most baseball experts agree on, even though Satchel was kept from major league baseball (due to his race) until he was in his mid 40s. Today, I’d like to invite you to discover the The Words of Gardner Taylor. He is known as one of the greatest “African American” preachers of the last century, but I’d like to introduce him as one of the greatest preachers of the last century.

Dr. Taylor’s preaching ministry spanned over 45 years, and WORDsearch has assembled his lifetime of preaching in this collection of The Words of Gardner Taylor. It’s a huge collection of outstanding sermons and lectures that normally sells for $99.95, but, for the next 14 days, I’ve put it on sale at half price, just $49.95. Click here to add this 6 volume bundle to your digital library. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8331.

Discover The Words of Gardner Taylor

The story of Gardner C. Taylor is a remarkable one. Born in 1918, he was an exceptional student who was headed for law school. A tragic personal experience, however, would change the direction of his life. On a spring night in 1937, Taylor was running an errand for his college president when a model-T Ford came out of nowhere causing a terrible accident. Two white men were killed in the crash. In those days, the society’s instincts regarded a black 19-year-old participant in such an accident as a murderer. Thankfully, however, at the court hearing, a white Southern Baptist minister was a witness to the accident, and testified that young Taylor was innocent of any wrongdoing. Freed from any fear of prosecution, Dr. Taylor put aside his letter of acceptance to law school and began to think about the ministry instead. Out of this tragic experience, he ended up thanking God and offering himself to God for a lifetime of service. What a great benefit this was to all of us.

Listen to the Words of Gardner Taylor

I spent an afternoon reading the sermons of Gardner Taylor. I was astonished by his keen understanding of God’s Word and his brilliant way of putting powerful truth into words that can be understood by and put into practice by everyone. This great expositor deserves your attention. He preaches about love, forgiveness, testing, deliverance, faithfulness and a multitude of other topics in a powerful and inspiring way. I guarantee you will find a vein of solid gold in his sermons that you can tap into and fashion into the sermons and lessons you will preach and teach.

Sample The Words of Gardner Taylor

This collection includes a rare audio sermon of Gardner Taylor on Job 19:25-27. I’m sure you remember the text, “For I know that my redeemer liveth…” Just listening to his powerful delivery of pure truth brought me to tears. Taylor’s introduction states this:

This whole book of Job is an accurate transcript of what human life is all about. It is a biopsy, a sample of living tissue, of what our human condition is all about. It speaks of tears and laughter, of joy and sorrow, of health and sickness, of prosperity and adversity, of sunshine and storms, of fair weather and foul, all touched by the living presence of the everlasting God.

See for yourself. If you don’t agree, I’ll be happy to refund your purchase. The Words of Gardner Taylor contains 6 volumes of Dr. Taylor’s messages. They follow the decades of his ministry:

  • Volume 1: NBC Radio Sermons, 1959-1970
  • Volume 2: Sermons from the Middle Years, 1970-1980
  • Volume 3: Quintessential Classics, 1980-Present
  • Volume 4: Special Occasion and Expository Sermons
  • Volume 5: Lectures, Essays, and Interviews
  • Volume 6: 50 Years of Timeless Treasures

I hope you’ll take advantage of this rare sale on The Words of Gardner Taylor. Click here to download yours now and you can be enjoying it within minutes. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8331.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

40,000 Bible References on 1,700 Topics – Under $10

wordsearch bible, b&h, concordanceHere’s a really cool resource that belongs in every digital library, and it’s on sale for under ten dollars. We’ve just released the Holman Concise Topical Concordance. Most concordances help you find a specific word in the Bible. With this topical concordance, nearly any topic you can think of will deliver every place in the Bible that speaks to your specific topic. You’ll find over 40,000 Bible references on more than 1,700 relevant topics. Best of all, it’s only $9.95 for a limited time. Click here to order yours now.

The Holman Concise Topical Concordance

Today, I tried this helpful tool in my WORDsearch library. I was amazed at how fast this tool helped me find all the Bible passages I was looking for. For example: if I want to preach or teach on “Marriage,” with one click, I found 101 passages that deal with marriage. Want to preach on the “Sabbath”? One click delivers 87 passages. How about a topic like “Abortion”? You’ll find 33 places where the Bible addresses this subject.

What I really liked was that each item listed tells you how it specifically applies. In my previous example of “Abortion,” next to each hot-linked Bible verse, you’ll see a description of its relevance, such as:

  • Life begins at conception
  • Speak for those who cannot
  • God gives and takes life
  • Preference for life
  • Sanctity of life
  • And other categories within this topic

Click here to add the Holman Concise Topical Concordance to your library today. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8337.

Discover The Words of Gardner Taylor
Gardner C. Taylor is considered by many to be one of the most powerful and prolific preachers of the last century. His preaching ministry spanned over 45 years. Now WORDsearch has assembled his lifetime of preaching into The Words of Gardner Taylor. It’s a huge collection of outstanding sermons and lectures that normally sells for $99.95, but, through August 25, this bundle is on sale at half-price, just $49.95. You’ll be inspired by Taylor’s keen understanding of God’s Word and his brilliant way of putting powerful truth into words that can be understood by and put into practice by everyone. Click here for more details, or to add this 6-volume bundle to your digital library. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8337.

NEW! Bible College Training Through Liberty Home Bible Institute
This is just a “heads up,” as I’ll be talking more about this in the weeks to come. If you’ve ever wished you could attend a Bible college and get advanced Bible Training, this is for you! WORDsearch Bible has teamed up with Liberty Home Bible Institute to offer a course in Advanced Biblical Studies. When completed, you will earn a diploma in Advanced Biblical Studies and be eligible for up to 30 hours of academic credit after you are enrolled at Liberty University. For more information on this opportunity, click here. Or, if you have any questions whatsoever, call us at 1-800-888-9898.

New Feature: Scripture Synced Sermons

Here’s a fantastic new feature we’ve added to 10 of our popular sermon collections. It’s called Scripture Synced Sermons. You already know how helpful syncing can be when you open Bibles and commentaries in WORDsearch. They stay in sync and scroll together. Imagine having this function with sermon collections. That’s what is now possible with Scripture Synced Sermons. Click here for more details on this helpful new function. If you already own any of these collections, just go to your Help menu and select “Check for Book Updates.” You’ll get a free update that includes this new feature. If you don’t own any of these collections, you’ll find them all on sale now from $9.95 to $49.95. Click here for details, including a short demo video.

I hope you’ll take advantage of these specials before they expire. I know they will bless you in your studies of God’s Word as you minister to others.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

New Feature: Sermon Collections That Will Sync with Your Bibles

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Here’s a fantastic new feature we’ve added to 10 of our popular sermon collections. It’s called Scripture Synced Sermons. You already know how helpful syncing can be when you open Bibles and commentaries in WORDsearch. They stay in sync and scroll together. Imagine having this function with sermon collections. That’s what is now possible with Scripture Synced Sermons. Click here for more details on this helpful new function.

These 10 Collections Are Now Synced to Scripture:

  • Spurgeon’s Sermons from the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit
  • 500 Selected Sermons of Thomas De Witt Talmage
  • Dr. George O. Wood Sermon Collection
  • Sermons and Bible Studies – Robert E. Neighbour
  • Sermons on Biblical Characters – Clovis G. Chappell
  • The Village Tragedy and Other Sermons – Clovis G. Chappell
  • The Westminster Pulpit – George C. Morgan
  • Wells of Living Water – Robert E. Neighbour
  • Today’s Best Sermons – Christianity Today
  • George W. Truett Library

If You Own Any of These Collections, You Can Begin Syncing Immediately for Free!

That’s right. Just launch your WORDsearch 10 software, go to the Help menu, and select “Check for Book Updates.” If any of the 10 sermon collections listed above are in your library, you’ll get a free update that contains the Scripture Synced Sermons feature. Within minutes you’ll discover how helpful this feature can be for your study time and preparation of sermons and lessons.

Try It and Tell Us What You Think

If you don’t currently own any of the collections listed above, try one. They’re all currently on sale. I’d love to get your feedback on the new Scripture Synced Sermons feature. If you find it as helpful as I think you will, it will encourage our team to add this function to more of our sermon collections, many of which are already in your library. Watch the video below to see the powerful benefits of this new feature.

Key Word Commentary – Sale Ends Monday

Here’s one of the best concise commentaries on the entire Bible you will ever find. It comes from our friends at AMG, the publishers of the highly popular Complete Word Study Bible. Author Mark Water delivers a concise, one-page summary for every chapter of the Bible. He also provides you with Key Thoughts, Key Words, Key Things, Key Quotes, Key Verses, and much more for each chapter of the Bible. The Key Word Commentary is normally priced at $34.95, but, through this Monday, you can have it by direct download for only $19.95. Just click here and you can be using it within minutes! Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8314.

I hope you’ll take advantage of these specials before they expire. I know they will bless you in your studies of God’s Word as you minister to others.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

Ryrie Library Is 83% Off for a Limited Time

ryrie, wordsearch, library, booksDr. Charles C. Ryrie is one of most prolific Christian writers and theologians of our time. His academic and ministerial career has spanned over half a century. Today, I’m offering a 14 day sale on The Charles C. Ryrie Library. It’s a 22 volume bundle of Ryrie’s most significant works. This includes the best-selling Ryrie Study Bible, a concise, verse-by-verse commentary on the entire Bible. The combined retail price on all 22 Ryrie works in this library is $307.06. For a limited time, you can add The Charles C. Ryrie Library to your digital library for just $49.95. JUST CLICK HERE for an easy download and you can be using it within minutes. Or, call us at 1-800-888-9898 and mention special offer 8300.

The Charles C. Ryrie Library Includes the Following 22 Volumes:

  • Ryrie Study Bible
  • Concise Guide to the Bible
  • Ryrie’s Practical Guide to Communicating Bible Doctrine
  • A Survey of Bible Doctrine
  • Basic Theology
  • Dispensationalism
  • Balancing the Christian Life
  • The Final Countdown
  • The Grace of God
  • The Holy Spirit
  • NeoOrthodoxy
  • Object Lessons
  • So Great Salvation
  • The Role of Women in the Church
  • Transformed by His Glory
  • The Best Is Yet to Come
  • Biblical Answers to Tough Questions
  • The Christian and Social Responsibility
  • Dr. Ryrie’s Articles
  • Making the Most of Life
  • What You Should Know about Biblical Inerrancy
  • What You Should Know about the Rapture

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You Won’t Have to Pay for the Same Books Twice
If you already own several of the books in this bundle, call us. We won’t make you pay for the same books twice, and our friendly customer service reps will be happy to offer options, including substituting other titles in place of books you already own.

Take Advantage of This Great Sale Price Today
I’m inviting you to look over this fantastic collection for your WORDsearch library today. As always, I guarantee you’ll be delighted or you’ll receive a full refund. JUST CLICK HERE. If you have any questions or would like to bundle this library with additional books, call us at 1-800-888-9898 (mention special offer 8300).

NIV Application Commentary - Sale Expires Monday
Thanks to a special agreement with the publisher, the NIV Application Commentary is on sale for a limited time at our lowest price ever. This 20 volume NT commentary is normally $452.76, but, through July 28, it’s only $299.95. You can even call us to arrange 6 interest-free payments of just $50 and begin using the entire set with your first payment. This is the commentary series that Billy Graham was speaking of when he said it, “promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible’s timeless message speak to this generation.” Click here for complete details or call us at 1-800-888-9898. Interest-free payment plans are available. Mention special offer 8300.

I hope you’ll take advantage of these specials before they expire. I know they will bless you in your studies of God’s Word as you minister to others.

In His Service,

Jim Baird

B&H to Publish Lost Spurgeon Sermons with Critical Review

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By Bob Smietana

NASHVILLE, Tenn:

Nineteenth century legendary London pastor Charles Spurgeon was a publishing and preaching juggernaut.

He preached to more than 10 million people, baptized more than 14,000 converts, and sold more than 50 million copies of his sermons. Spurgeon’s fans nicknamed him “the Prince of Preachers” and flocked to hear him.

All told, more than 3,500 Spurgeon sermons were eventually published, but none date from his early ministry, said Spurgeon scholar Christian George.

That will change next year.

Nashville-based B&H Publishing will release “The Lost Sermons of Charles Spurgeon,” a multi-volume edition of early Spurgeon sermons and sermon outlines.

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George and Baird look over the sermons.

“I have been involved in Christian publishing for over twenty years,” said Jim Baird, publisher of B&H Academic. “A project like this comes to you once in your lifetime if you are fortunate.”

The collection of over 400 sermons and outlines dates from Spurgeon’s days as a young pastor outside of Cambridge. The son of a minister, Spurgeon came to faith in 1850 during a service at a Primitive Methodist Church. That encounter with God set him on a path to become one of the most prolific preachers in the English language.

“It is sometimes overlooked that Charles Spurgeon published more words in the English language than any other Christian in history,” said George, curator of the Spurgeon library at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City.

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Charles Spurgeon, known as the “prince of preachers.”

Spurgeon began preaching not long after his conversion. At 17, he became pastor of a Baptist church in Waterbeach, not far from Cambridge. He kept his sermon outlines – which he called “skeletons” – along with some full-text sermons in a series of handwritten journals.

The first of the 13 newly-discovered journals is dated October 1849, a few months before Spurgeon’s conversion. The last is dated from 1854, right before he became pastor of the New Park Street Chapel in London. The journals reveal how Spurgeon developed his theology as well as his skill in preaching.

“They give us a rare and remarkable glimpse into Spurgeon’s pre-London life and ministry,” George said.

Some of the journals show Spurgeon’s spiritual struggles. Many of the sermons end with simple and sometimes blunt prayers.

“Lord, revive my stupid soul,” Spurgeon wrote after finishing one sermon. Another ended with, “Oh my God. Do help. For Jesus’ sake.”

After becoming a pastor in London, Spurgeon had planned to publish those early sermons. But that never came to pass. They were stored in the archives of Spurgeon’s College in London, and forgotten.

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A drawing.

George discovered the journals three years ago, while doing research at the college. A librarian there brought him a stack of Spurgeon’s journals to look through.

“Only when I began flipping through their pages did I realize the significance,” he said. “These were the lost sermons Spurgeon tried so long ago to publish.”

The multi-volume set from B&H Academic will include sermons from those journals, along with critical commentary on them from George. It will be the first critical edition of Spurgeon’s work ever to be published, according to George.

Most other works about Spurgeon either reprint his sermons without analysis, or only focus on his “celebrity-like reputation, uncanny oratorical abilities, and worldwide influence,” said George. That leaves many people with a one-dimensional view of the great preacher.

“But there is a growing interest in Spurgeon scholarship in recovering his humanity – his inconsistencies, his weaknesses, his doubts, struggles, and sufferings,” he said. “In this way, we discover a Spurgeon who does not arrive on the theological landscape of nineteenth-century Britain in perfect, polished form, but instead a preacher in progress whose exegesis, rhetorical tendencies, and homiletic method evolve over the first five years of his preaching ministry.”

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The stack of journals.

Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Seminary, said he is “proud to support Dr. George and to partner with B&H and LifeWay Christian Resources in this historic undertaking. The Christian tradition as a whole will prove the true beneficiary of this monumental work.”

LifeWay president and CEO Thom Rainer said he is excited to make the sermons available to pastors and scholars alike. “This project is the most recent example of the tremendous impact B&H is having on evangelical publishing. As we constantly endeavor to faithfully serve the church, we believe the Lord will bless our efforts,” Rainer said.

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An open page of the journals.

George hopes this new edition of early Spurgeon sermons will lead to more scholarly interest in the great preacher. Pastors, he said, will also benefit from these early sermons.

“ He models for us an unwavering commitment to Christ-centered preaching, fervent prayer and discipleship, local and world evangelism, and incarnational urban ministries,” George said.

Baird said the new books will be published next year. Digital versions will be available exclusively through WORDsearch.

Bob Smietana is senior writer for Facts & Trends magazine.