1. All Christians need pastoral intelligence to care for each other and love their neighbors (pg. 18).
2. Our preaching should be intentional, not just in individual sermons, but in our overall plan (pg. 21).
3. All believers are called to lay down their lives in love for other believers every day (pg. 39).
4. All our times are in God’s hands, and every day is a day to follow Christ by laying down our lives for others (pg. 43).
5. If you preach passage by passage through books of the Bible, your understanding of the book as a whole and where the parts fit to make up the whole will only deepen and expand. Sequential exposition will, in the end, make you a better preacher because it will strengthen your knowledge of the Word (pg. 49).
6. Ultimately, the answer to Israel’s need and ours comes in a new David, Jesus Christ, who comes to the battle line as humble and as unrecognized as David and conquers our true enemies (sin, Satan, and death) not by his skill with sling, nor even by his willingness to risk his life by faith in the name of the Lord, but actually laying down his life in our place (pg. 77).
7. The greatest blessing in life is the joy of knowing that God delights in us (pg. 119).
8. The real pastor is a preacher and the real preacher is a pastor (pg. 151).
9. Every faithful sermon is an expression of pastoral care for the people of God (pg. 151).
10. The point of the sermon is to deliver the Word of God-proclaiming, explaining, and applying it-not to tell clever and heart-warming stories (pg. 237).
Evan Knies is an undergraduate student at Boyce College where he studies Biblical and Theological Studies. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife, Lauren. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.