The Tool of Fasting: Possible Reasons We Do Not Fast
Building on the foundation of Invitation to Preaching I: Theological, Historical, and Pragmatic Reasons for Preaching (CM102) and Invitation to Preaching II: Preaching Biblical Sermons (CM103), Deep Preaching (CM104) is the next logical course to take the preacher’s sermons to the next—deeper—level. Stepping beyond the nuts and bolts of how to prepare and preach a sermon, this course focuses on what makes biblical preaching powerful—namely, the work of the Holy Spirit. The preacher must utilize the God-given tools of meditation, prayer, and fasting in order to tap into the Holy Spirit’s power and for illumination to occur. In conjunction with the Spirit’s work, the preacher’s responsibility to look deeply into Scripture and into his listeners is also discussed, along with practical suggestions for doing so. The end goal is to equip the preacher to preach powerful, Spirit-filled sermons that actually change lives.