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The Power of Speaking God's WordHow to Preach Memorable Sermons

The Power of Speaking God's Word

How to Preach Memorable Sermons

Wilbur Ellsworth
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Preachers should be concerned to preach God's word with God's power. Preachers are also conscious of the need to feed their flock. There are many struggles in the pulpit every week to make sure that the congregation is fed and also inspired.

This book grew out of the comment of a trusted congregation member to the author that 80% of his sermons were immemorable, but that the other 20% had profoundly changed their life.

Ellsworth started searching for reasons as to why some sermons had such a greater impact than others. Previously he had dismissed preaching without a written manuscript as being almost certain to be shallow, full of clich├ęs and repetitious. Surely 'deep' teaching needed more support than his poor memory could provide?

Launching out in faith, Ellsworth started reducing his notes to the extent that they could be contained on one post-it note. The result? A learned colleague said that you would never have guessed how 'so much effect could have come from a single change.'

This is not a book about taking short cuts in sermon preparation - but a means of gaining more attention and having greater impact on your congregation.

Wilbur Ellsworth

About Wilbur Ellsworth


  • Author: Wilbur Ellsworth
  • Release Date: January 1970
  • Pages: 144
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781857926040
  • Imprint: Mentor
  • Category: Ministry & Evangelism > Preaching


The Power of Speaking God’s Word is much more than a book about preaching, “the great purpose of the oral craft,” writes Ellsworth, is to create a sermon inside the preacher in all its fullness so that, when the moment to preach comes, the text of scripture in all its meaning and significance pours forth from the preacher. Ellsworth’s book has been good for my soul and my preaching. It is a pleasure to commend this fine book.

R. Kent Hughes, Visiting Professor of Pastoral Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Most preachers have been taught to produce carefully written material to be given in the pulpit. Changing patterns is hard but Wilbur Ellsworth will show you why you should change and how you can. His thoughts have deeply impacted my own preaching.

John Armstrong, Director of Renew and formerly a Pastor for twenty years
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