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Neil's church

Derby Road Baptist Church
Watford *Province/Other , WD17 2LZ

About Neil
  • Education: University College London, BA (Hons) English Literature Kings College London, PGCE, English (Certificate of Education) Cornhill Training Course, run by the Proclamation Trust (teaches Biblical exegesis and preaching)
  • Experience: Five years as a high school English teacher (98-03) Two years as a pastoral trainee (03-05) From Sept 2005-present, assistant pastor.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: May the Lord bless you and help you to find some small crumb of blessing here. May God bless you with your Christ-centred, Bible-based, full-gospel preaching too.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Anything by Martyn Lloyd Jones Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Seattle Ray Comfort from Living Waters RC Sproul & Ligonier
  • One of my favorite illustrations: The book illustration- how Jesus takes our sins away.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They very kindly listen to them on the internet, as they live in Turkey. They are very encouraging- possibly more feedback from them than from the congregation :-)
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: "The hero of every Bible story is God" (David Jackman). "Until you use the word ’you’, you have not really begun to preach" (Spurgeon). "If you can’t persuade yourself to be holy by your preaching, you won’t persuade your congregation" (my pastor, Tom Forryan- not sure of source). "Only 1 in 11 people you are preaching to is exceptionally intelligent" (MLJ! Sounds patronising, but often I tend unhelpfully to go over the heads of people). "The best two times I ever preached were while I was d
  • Books that have had an impact: ’Preaching and Preachers’ and ’What is an Evangelical?’ by Martyn Lloyd Jones ’The Gospel of God: Romans’, ’One Holy Passion’ and ’Defending your Faith’ by RC Sproul ’Pilgrim’s Progress’ by John Bunyan Everything by JC Ryle ’The Death of Death in the Death of Christ’ by John Owen Calvin’s ’Institutes’ ’God’s smuggler’ by Brother Andrew ’More than a carpenter’ by Josh McDowell ’Mere Christianity’ by CS Lewis Everything by Francis Schaeffer, especially ’Escape from Reason’
  • Hobbies: Reading Writing Film TV Running Music
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Now is the day of salvation, the time of the Lord’s favour- repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! Something pretty urgent. Nothing different, I hope, from how I normally preach.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I banged my shoe on the pulpit like Khruschev at the Cuban Missile Crisis. Sadly this is apparently the most memorable thing I’ve said or done from the pulpit it.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Christ loved this wretched sinner and gave Himself for him.
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