The Shadow Of The Cross On The Manger Of Jesus
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Delivered By
Matt Ferguson, pastor
Delivered On
December 15, 2019
Central Passage
John 12:27-50
Part of a sermon series in the Gospel of John

About my sermons:


The standard way I prepare a sermon is to begin by praying through the text (asking God to help me to understand His Word) and jotting down any questions or insights I have. I will then search for any critical commentary help I need with questions I may have. Next, I will read anywhere from 6-10 resources for sermons. Below are some of the pastors whose work I read most often for resources, though I do read others frequently:


Lloyd John Ogilvie, Tim Keller, John Piper, Allistair Begg, James Montgomery Boice, Mark Driscoll, John Ortberg, John MacArthur, Ray Pritchard, John Lindell, Larry Osborne, Ray Stedman, Stuart Briscoe, Charles Swindoll, Bruce Goettsche, Mark Adams, David Jeremiah, and others.


I treat my sermons like a research paper in preparation and if I was publishing them there would be many, many footnotes to point to the ideas and thoughts of others. It is very likely that whatever you hear / read in one of my sermons was said by someone else at some time.


One thing I do NOT do is tell someone else’s story as if it is mine. If I say, “I did ‘x’” or if I talk about my doing “y” then I really did “x” and “y”. This doesn’t apply to something I am telling as a joke, which I hope you can catch as it should be obvious. Sometimes, though, the funny thing I am talking about did indeed happen to me.




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