1. Preaching Library
The Preaching Library is a service that was started in July 2008. It is for ministers in Africa and Asia who did not have sufficient (or any) theological training, or who do not have resources for their sermon preparation. With this project our aim is to refocus ministers on Scripture. For this purpose we supply material that guides them back to the Scripture text, helps them to accurately read what the text is saying, and to understand the meaning of the Scripture passage.
We are not supplying these ministers with complete, worked out sermons.
We are not simply trying to make it easier for them, but to supply them with the necessary tools to study the Bible properly and thus improve the Scriptural quality of the sermons.
How does it work?
Every week we send a reminder to these ministers. They send us the details of which part of Scripture they have chosen as the subject of their sermon, and then we start searching for suitable material. This material is scanned and sent to each preacher via his post-box on the website. Suitable material does not only mean that it must be Scripturally sound but that the person to whom it is sent should also be taken into consideration. This means that we need to get quite close to these ministers to understand their working conditions, the languages that they speak, their levels of education and other relevant detail. We also receive requests for material catering for specific pastoral situations. Requests are received describing the specific need of the congregation, and from our side we try to suggest passages from Scripture to use and send material accordingly. This creates an enormous opportunity not only to assist but also to show how situations such as these are handled from a Scriptural and pastoral perspective.
Scripturally sound resources - far and wide!
The number of users is growing by the week. As we said, we have more than 10 300 ministers registered for this service at the moment. And they come from literally all over Africa and Asia, from more than 70 different countries. We are thankful that the Lord has made this possible and has helped us to do this work. Currently we have about 16,000 scanned documents for the Preaching Library and the number is growing daily. It is the main function of our theologians to find and assess this material. All material is checked to make sure it is Scripturally sound and of good quality.
We are also excited about the fact that we are reaching so many ministers that do not have a confessional background. Naturally it was the original intention to focus on ministers within such churches, but the current situation gives us a golden opportunity to also teach others to work with Scripture in a responsible way. It is important for us to reach as many of these ministers as possible and to let them discover the doctrines of Scripture ‘from the inside’. After this we can only pray and let the Holy Spirit do His work.
The French Preaching Library
In 2011 we started preparations to cater for French speaking ministers in Africa. Since we did not have a French speaking co-ordinator, it was not possible for us to launch this project. Through the wonderful providence of God he brought us in contact with Rev. Paulin Bedard and the Église Chrétienne Réformée de Beauce in 2013. We are thankful that we can work together to make this service available to ministers in Africa! To visit the French website, click here
Examples of the situation of our users:
- One Baptist minister in Zambia – one of our first subscribers – walks every week for half an hour to get to an Internet cafe to download the material that was sent to him. He then sends us the details of what he needs for next week and walks back.
- Another minister, Anglican, cannot receive the Internet connection from where he is living. He travels for 30 minutes to an area where he can receive the signal and with his laptop downloads the material send to him. (We have become aware of this situation because he asked us to send it to somebody else because he was sick. This person had to bring the material to him!)
- A theological student was very surprised when his lecturer asked him how he got hold of this exceptional material for his project as no such material was available from their own limited library.
Some comments from our users:
The material was very helpful and gave me an indepth understanding of the Bible passages. It also helps me to become a more informed preacher, dividing the truth of God correctly.Thank you very much for your support in this regard. It is highly appreciated!
CA (Anglican church)
Your material are a very good eye opener for me and to those of my fallow saints to who I preach. Thank so much! God be with you.
RS (Church: The Holy Ghost Gang)
Please I do not have any literatures. How can you help me to have them. In this country the young Ministers are not previlaged to have these books to help them study and that is why most young Pastors are not fulfiled. hence kindly help my handicapcy.
IU (Living Word Gospel Mission, Nigeria – Pentecostal)
This material is also helping me to improve my own spiritual life.
All literature was very good and used to the fullest. Thank you
D G (Anglican churches)
Thanks so very much. These are great resources! This is what I have been looking for so long now!
EU (Christ Chapel, Pentecostal)
It must be obvious that with some of these ministers our weekly contact has become very personal, contacts that will intensify in the future. Maybe opportunities will present themselves whereby we could be of assistance in other fields as well, maybe even creating possibilities for further studies. We do not yet know in which direction the Lord will lead us.
Come see for yourself:
Although the Preaching Library is only accessible to registered users in Africa and Asia, you can have a look at how it works. Click here, login as “test”, and use the password “test01”. Under the heading “Available documents” you will see a few random files as an example of how we help the ministers. Unfortunately you cannot request literature as a “test”-user.
You can see the total number of users for the Preaching Library on the frontpage. Just click here.