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5 Questions on Preaching with Scott LaPierre

Scott LaPierre is the Senior Pastor of Woodland Christian Church in Woodland, WA. He is also the author of Marriage God’s Way (and the accompanying workbook) and is available to speak at marriage events. Scott is married to Katie and they have been blessed with six children. You can follow Scott on Twitter at @PastorWCC.

Q1: How long does it typically take you to prepare a sermon?

A: 25-30 hours.

Q2: What do you ultimately want a sermon to accomplish?

A: This could be very long, and I’m happy to elaborate, but I’ll try to be concise by sharing the three goals: 1. Exalt Christ, 2. Faithfully exposit the text, 3. Bring to salvation any unbelievers whom the Lord brought.

Q3: What are one or two big mistakes people often make in preaching?

A: First, having an agenda and using the text to support it, versus exegesis that allows the text to develop the sermon. Second, not spending enough time diligently preparing.

Q4: How do you handle the gospel invitation and preach toward it?

A: I look for ways the text reveals Christ and strive for faithfulness to that throughout the sermon. This allows me to preach toward a call or invitation at the end to any unbelievers present.

Q5: What advice would you give to preachers doing pulpit supply?

A: If you’re preaching a sermon you’ve preached before, commit time to looking over your notes and find ways to make improvements.