• Preaching Nuts & Bolts

  • Conquer Sermon Prep, Save Time, and Write Better Messages
  • By: Brandon Hilgemann
  • Narrated by: Brandon Hilgemann
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Preaching is hard work. When I first felt called to ministry, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had never preached a sermon in my life. I never had a mentor walk me through the process. In fact, I was scared to death of public speaking. So I argued with god. I begged him to let me do anything but preach. The thought of having to preach in front of a crowd every single week terrified me. But god didn't relent. I went to a Bible college. I thought, "Surely, Bible college will teach me how to preach!" I applied myself. I graduated with honors with a ministry degree. But sadly, I was only forced to preach two times in the entire four years I was there. Since I was scared, I didn't go out of my way to seek preaching opportunities like I should have.

Suddenly, I found myself in my first job as a youth pastor. I immediately had to preach at least once a week. Panic! Bible college did not prepare me for this. What should I do? My first attempts at sermons (if you could even call it that) were horrendous. I stood in front of my notes, shaking while reading the message word for word. This is not what I got into ministry to do! I needed to get better. So I hit the books. I read every book on preaching I could get my hands on. The books were all right but mostly theoretical. So I asked a lot of pastors a lot of questions and started listening to as many good preachers as I could find. Finally, I started getting some practical advice. Slowly, I began to get better with each message.

This little book is the kind of resource I wish I had way back when I felt the call to ministry. There were good books on preaching, but most lacked the practical tips I needed. I knew why I preached and what to preach. What I didn't know was how to preach. I needed short, practical tips to get me started in the right direction.

©2016 Brandon Hilgemann (P)2016 Brandon Hilgemann

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very helpful

I am listening to this book for the third time, because I found the information to be helpful, in developing skills in sermon preparation. In addition to help me develop a preach plan.

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Packed tight like sardines in a can!

This is voice to text so I apologize for any spelling errors. This little book (and the Audible version of this book) is packed tight with all kinds of useful information! It is not a 22-hour long series, but rather, it is what you need to know. Amazing examples, useful & insightful suggestions and step by step directions. One update: Amazon changed the address for your Kindle notes & highlights. Now it is "kindle.amazon.com". I about shouted for you when you unveiled that little gold nugget! I, too, have moved to Kindle books! Thank you, and, I lived in Rio Rancho, and watched the Balloon Fiesta every year!

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Very Practical Preaching Tips -- For Women, Too

I found the rationale for the suggestions made in this book to be well reasoned and practical. However, I was disheartened by the intentional use of male pronouns by a modern day preacher. If it is the belief of the author that women are not to preach he should consider putting that upfront in the synopsis of the book so that female preachers can decide if they'd rather spend their money on a resource written by a more informed author.

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Great for novice and reminder for experienced

Thoroughly enjoyed how I was able to focus on the details of the various components for preparation and presentation while being reminded of the big picture and purpose
Continued blessings on your ministry

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not biblical/false doctrine

not biblical! false teachings! very disappointed! alcohol's okay seriously? smh he should be ashamed of himself

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great help all the way through so glad I picked it

I love God and his people and I want to do all I can to help reach people effectively. With Brandon's book and all the helpful tips and reminders of what to do. I really can see better ways of preparing to preach. I loved this book! it is a definite resource for anyone working in ministry.

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Exactly what I needed

This book is exactly what I needed to get started on creating and delivering better sermons. Thank you!

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This audio book is a great resource that I'll listen to again. Great practical advice.

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Voice occasionally dropped when citing Bible verses, and authors for some quotes. Overall this was a good book for the technical aspect of preaching.

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good book

good book to learn and to improve the way to preach your services. dont miss it.