The purpose of preaching is to change lives. From the prophets of the Old Testament to the apostles of the New Testament, powerful preaching always left changed lives in its wake. Contemporary preachers, too, should aim for no less. But how one aims for life change from the pulpit is shaped by one’s biblical and theological understanding of those seated in the pew.
In this paper, we will survey how one’s anthropology should impact one’s preaching, and we will draw lines from the New Testament to the twenty-first century preaching event.