How Long Should You Preach from One Bible Book?
Taking care to proclaim the full counsel of God
posted 07/30/07See theme
How many weeks, months, or years should you devote to preaching through Hebrews? How long should you take to preach through John's gospel? What about Isaiah? According to some preachers, the longer the better. If you need five years to preach through Romans, take it! If expounding 1 Corinthians requires three years, then so be it! However, I would argue that whatever gains we make by spending so much time in one book might be offset by some big losses.
Several years ago, I took to heart a challenge D. A. Carson issued to preachers at a pastor's conference. Carson challenged us to preach larger blocks of Scripture rather than expound for 45 minutes on one verse. He warned: "Some of you won't get through a tenth of the Bible in 40 years of ministry. What's the matter? Don't you believe in preaching the whole counsel of God?" Then he observed: "If you expound 45 minutes on half a verse, you may not teach people how to read their Bibles."
A few months later, I discovered another problem preaching ...