I used to listen to about 10 preachers, however, since I started school, that list has dwindled down to four. The list didn’t take a lot of hard thought to get to. I loved these preachers and I couldn’t see myself giving up the joy in God that they brought me. I gave up some good ones in the making of this list (Driscoll, Sproul, MacDonald), but I am glad that I kept these four. I encourage you to give them a listen because they are all solid Bible teachers.
In no particular order….
1. Matt Chandler
Now, you probably saw Matt Chandler coming. He is young, witty, and an altogether powerhouse. I get a lot out of Chandler. He is not afraid to get topical because he can always dig his feet in to scripture to prove his points. And he does so in a way that doesn’t use to Bible against itself. He knows what he is talking about.
If you don’t know anything about Matt, he is the lead pastor of The Village Church (about 12,000 members at 4 campuses) in Texas and the president of the Acts 29 church planting network. He has 4 books: Creature of the Word, The Explicit Gospel, To Live is Christ, and Recovering Redemption. I definitely encourage you to take a listen to his sermons.
2. Jared C. Wilson
As far as my own preaching goes, I tend to be a lot like this guy. If you are looking for a preacher that is going to “get loud and represent” then Wilson is probably not your guy. However, he does represent. He has a very fluid and beautiful way of finding and proclaiming the gospel no matter where he is in the Bible.
He is the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Vermont. It is considerably less in size compared to The Village Church, however he is in a considerably less churched area. He blogs at thegospelcoaltion.org/blogs/gospeldrivenchurch/ and has quite a few books: Your Jesus is Too Safe, Otherworld, and Gospel Wakefullness.
@jaredcwilson (he is also hilarious)
3. Tim Keller
Tim Keller is my hero. Another pastor who is excellent at drawing the gospel out of every passage of the Bible. His sermons are not so much seeker sensitive as they are skeptic aware. He will not pull his punches but will actually dig deep into opposing worldviews in order to show their inconsistency. If you aren’t a christian reading this, this would be the guy I highly recommend to listen to.
Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. It has a congregation of about 5,000. He is also co-founder (along with D.A. Carson) of the Gospel Coalition and write of many great books : Center Church, Reason for God, Prodigal God and many more.
@dailykeller (fan twitter that tweets his quotes)
4. Martin Lloyd-Jones(1899-1981)
Martin Lloyd-Jones passed away about 33 years ago, but his sermons were recorded in his days of preaching. He is not just a verse by verse expositor, he is a thought by though expositor. His series on Ephesians is over 200 sermons. Compare that to Mark Driscoll’s series on Ephesians at 12 sermons. He would preach an entire sermon on “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus” and it would be incredible. They are complete with the rolling of R’s and breaking out with the words to hymns. His sermons are truly beautiful.
Lloyd-Jones pastored Westminster Chapel in London for around 30 years. He attracted a lot of college students from around the area. His sermons, for the most part, were all recorded. Those sermons can be found at mljtrust.org.
He doesn’t have a twitter that I know of.
I hope this list of great preachers might integrate into yours. If it does, I hope you get the same joy that I do from it.