The Preacher’s Catechism
Your work as a pastor can make it easy to overlook the deep needs of your own soul. These 43 questions and answers of The Preacher’s Catechism were written to reflect the format of historic catechisms. But with a different aim: this volume provides nourishment for weary pastors in the thick of ministry. Each chapter features content designed to care for your spiritual health, feeding your mind and heart with life-giving truth aimed at helping you press on in ministry with endurance, contentment, and joy.
About the Author
Lewis Allen (ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary) serves as senior pastor of Hope Church in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, which he helped plant after twelve years of pastoring a church in West London.
“These warmhearted and practical devotions could also be titled The Preacher’s Comfort. Allen gets inside the pastor’s head and points him to Jesus Christ in a way that will soothe and strengthen many a weary preacher’s soul.” — Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; Pastor, Heritage Reformed Congregation, Grand Rapids, Michigan; author, Reformed Preaching
“We live in a Corinthian society, where preaching is regarded as foolishness by both the religious and the nonreligious. We also live in a quick-fix society, where even preaching is considered something that can easily be done. Lewis Allen’s ingenious book is an antidote to both of those perspectives—insightful, realistic, biblical, clear, and contemporary. I will buy it and use it with preachers I train!” — David Robertson, Minister, St. Peter’s Free Church, Dundee, Scotland; Editor, The Record; Associate Director, Solas Centre for Public Christianity
Table of Contents for The Preacher’s Catechism
Foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson
Part 1: The Glory of God and the Greatness of Preaching
1. Preaching, above All
What is God’s chief end in preaching?
2. Enjoying God
How do we enjoy God?
3. The One We Preach
Who is God?
4. By the Book
What do the Scriptures primarily teach?
5. Preaching Christ
What is Preaching?
6. All Our Days
What is the preacher’s chief end?
7. Confident of This
How can we rest in God’s power and purposes?
8. Called to Preach
Why do we believe that God called us to preach?
9. For God, for People
Why does God call us to preach?
10. Not a Square Inch
What else did God ordain?
Part 2: Jesus for Preachers
How did the first preacher sin?
What’s the good news for struggling preachers?
13. Knowing Jesus
Does Jesus love preachers?
14. For His Name’s Sake
Surely we preachers don’t have to suffer, do we?
Where does our reward come from?
16. This Solid Ground
But are we saved?
17. Lavish Love
How can we know we really are saved?
How will we preachers grow?
19. Journey’s End
Will we ever stop preaching?
Part 3: Loving the Word
20. The Grace of Law
Must we preachers obey the Law, too?
What ten things must every preacher know and do?
22. Love’s Choice
What does the first commandment teach us?
23. Image Rights?
What does the second commandment teach us?
24. Our Honour, or His?
What does the third commandment teach us?
What does the fourth commandment teach us?
What does the fifth commandment teach us?
27. Servant–Hearted Servants
What does the sixth commandment teach us?
28. Faithful Attraction
What does the seventh commandment teach us?
What does the eighth commandment teach us?
30. True to His Word
What does the ninth commandment teach us?
What does the tenth commandment teach?
32. The Heart of the Law
What is the summary of the Ten Commandments for preachers?
Part 4: Preaching with Conviction
33. Trusting Ministry
why should we believe in our preaching?
34. At the Cross
What happens when we preachers actually believe in Jesus?
35. The Courage of Our Convictions
How can we treasure preaching, even when we feel like no one else does?
36. Ministering Sacraments
Will we let the sacraments preach?
37. Take Them to the Water
Why do we celebrate baptism?
38. To Supper
Why do we share the pulpit with the Lord’s Supper?
39. Seek First
What is prayer?
40. Praying, for His Glory
Do we want God and his kingdom above all else when Sunday comes?
41. Trust Issues
Do we go home on a Sunday praying for God’s will to be done?
42. Confession Time
What’s the worst sin we might commit in a sermon?
43. All for the King
Will we pray ourselves into a glad submission to God?