The School of Theology 2019
School of Preaching
Simon Ponsonby and Dan Hames lead us through six sessions about preaching.
God has spoken in his Word, and he chooses preachers to herald and proclaim it for him.
Are you a budding preacher?
Is the Lord calling you to speak for him?
Join us as we consider the purpose and practice of preaching.
Got any questions?
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