Frequently Asked Questions - Answers to help you get the most from our site

  1. What is 'Preach The Word'?
  2. Who is David Legge?
  3. What software do I need to get the most from your site?
  4. How do I listen to or download the sermons on this site?
  5. Can I distribute the materials on this site to others?
  6. How can I make an audio CD of one of your sermons?
  7. How do I use the free eBooks in your Book Store?
  8. How do I find a sermon on a specific subject or scripture verse?
  9. Can I link to your site?
  10. Can I advertise on your site?
  11. Can I email you with my questions?
  12. How often is the site updated, and how can I know when it has been done?
  13. Are the sermons and series on this site available to purchase?
  14. I've found a page or sermon I can't access - what should I do?
  15. Do you have any materials specifically formatted for the blind or visually impaired?
  16. How do I subscribe to your MP3 Podcast or RSS Reader service?
  17. I can't get sermons to download, what can I do to solve this problem?
  18. How do I make Preach The Word my home page?
  19. Do you have any resources in languages other than English?
  20. Is there an easier way to access your site on a smartphone or tablet?

1. What is 'Preach The Word'?Top

preachtheword.com'Preach The Word' is a small volunteer internet-based ministry, which seeks to share sound Bible-teaching with people around the world free-of-charge. We are based in Northern Ireland, and our featured speaker is David Legge, an evangelist, preacher and Bible teacher from Belfast. You will find a wealth of Bible study resources on our site in both audio and text format - each sermon has been transcribed word-for-word so that you can either read or listen. You can read more at our 'About Us' page, or read our 'Statement Of Belief' for more information on what we believe.

2. Who is David Legge?Top

David Legge preachingDavid Legge was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. As a child he attended the Iron Hall Evangelical Church, and he trusted Jesus Christ as his Saviour at eight years of age. He served as Assistant Pastor at Portadown Baptist Church, before taking up the Pastorate of the Iron Hall Evangelical Church in Belfast, N. Ireland, where he ministered from 1999-2008. He is now engaged in a ministry as an evangelist, preacher and Bible Teacher. He lives in Portadown with his wife, Barbara, and children, Lydia and Noah.

You can read a short welcoming letter from David on our site, or visit his blog for more information. Listen to his sermons online at the Preach The Word website, or make an enquiry regarding a speaking engagement. To get up-to-date prayer information from David, you may wish to follow him on Twitter or Facebook. In 2011 David participated in a brief radio interview about his life and ministry. If you would like, you can listen to this interview to learn a little more about David, or download the audio in MP3 format. Additionally, you can read or listen to David's testimony.

3. What software do I need to get the most from your site?Top

Get Google ChromeGet FirefoxWeb Browsers: We recommend the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Opera for viewing our website. These are all available for free download.

Audio Players: You can use Windows Media Player for listening to our sermons or, if you prefer, we recommend VLC Media Player which will play any audio or video format, and can be downloaded free for Windows, Apple and Linux computers. If you don't wish to install VLC, you can use the portable version, which will not affect other settings on your computer. There are some other useful audio Get VLC Media Playerutilities for you to try, including file convertors, on this page. If you would like to subscribe to our MP3 Podcast, some recommended Podcasting applications are listed on this page.

4. How do I listen to or download the sermons on this site?Top

Left-click to listen to a sermon in MP3To listen to a sermon: simply look for this icon beside the sermon title, or at the top of a transcript. When you click on this, a popup player should appear and the sermon should begin to play. If you have problems listening online, it may be better for you to save the sermon to your computer (known as 'downloading' - see below) and listen offline. If you still cannot listen, have a look at our audio help page, or try using some of these utilities to convert a downloaded sermon into a different format (e.g. WAVE).

To download a sermon:
MP3 Download IconIn Internet Explorer: Right-click on the 'Download MP3' icon on the appropriate sermon page, and choose 'Save Target As...' from the popup menu. (Alternative MP3 download links are available by visiting the sermon transcript, offering higher quality files or downloads from different locations).

In Firefox, Chrome or Opera: Right-click on the 'Download MP3' icon on the appropriate sermon page, and choose 'Save Link As...' from the popup menu. (Alternative MP3 download links are available by visiting the sermon transcript, offering higher quality files or downloads from different locations).

Once you have chosen a location to save the file to, it will begin downloading. When the download is complete, you can load the sermon file into your audio player to listen, or convert it to a different format using fre:ac Audio Converter. If you are unable to download a sermon, click here for some possible solutions.

5. Can I distribute the materials on this site to others?Top

Preach The Word is the official repository of all of David Legge's sermon material. We appreciate the desire of those who wish to share these messages with others, however we also wish to maintain quality control and help connect people with our ministry.

If you simply wish to quote from one of David's sermons, please make sure you indicate that the quotation is from him, and if possible cite the original source by linking to the appropriate sermon transcript at preachtheword.com.

If you wish to share an entire transcript, audio or video sermon, please partner together with us by observing the guidelines below. You may duplicate and distribute David's audio and video messages in CD, DVD, and MP3 formats without prior permission, as long as you follow these restrictions:

  1. You may duplicate and distribute only full-length versions of the messages.
  2. You may not edit the content in any way.
  3. You may not charge for the material (even to recoup your costs).
  4. You may link to individual sermon or study series pages at the Preach The Word website, but you may not host the audio, video or text of the sermons on your own website or blog.
  5. If you copy sermons to a CD or DVD, we ask that you include the following information on the CD or DVD:
    a. The title of the sermon
    b. 'Copyright by David Legge. Used by permission from Preach The Word'.
    c. Our website address: www.preachtheword.com

Preach The Word and David Legge reserve all copyright protections under applicable law. We reserve the right to revoke or modify these permissions at any time. We thank you for your cooperation in these matters, which will help us share the teaching of God's Word with others.

Our full copyright statement reads as follows: "All material by David Legge is copyrighted. However, these materials may be freely copied and distributed unaltered for the purpose of study and teaching, so long as they are made available to others free of charge, and the copyright is included. This does not include hosting or broadcasting the materials on another website, however linking to the resources on preachtheword.com is permitted. These materials may not, in any manner, be sold or used to solicit 'donations' from others, nor may they be included in anything you intend to copyright, sell, offer for a fee, or associate with advertisers. This copyright is exercised to keep these materials freely available to all. Any exceptions to these conditions must be explicitly approved by Preach The Word".

6. How can I make an audio CD of one of your sermons?Top

You can download a sermon from our site, and then create an audio CD or cassette tape to keep or share with a friend. Audio CDs can be created using your CD-recording software (usually supplied with your CD-Writer), or Windows Media Player should be capable of recording a CD on your computer. Microsoft provide a helpful 'How To' page which shows how to burn CDs from Windows Media Player.

Some of these utilites may be helpful if you need to convert the MP3 file format to WAVE format for creating a CD with your CD-recording software. We recommend the free fre:ac Audio Converter to convert MP3 files to other formats. If you use iTunes, you should be able to import a downloaded sermon and create an audio CD from within iTunes. You can find further instructions, including guidelines for recording an audio cassette tape on this page.

Mediamonkey.comTo make things even easier, you may like to try MediaMonkey, the completely FREE media manager, which will allow you to change files between Windows Media, MP3 and other formats, as well as easily create audio CDs of sermons. The free CDBurnerXP will also allow you to create audio CDs.

7. How do I use the free eBooks in your Book Store?Top

All the completed study series on our site are also available in the handy Adobe PDF, and Microsoft XPS formats. These are presented as neatly formatted booklets with chapter divisions, contents page and a title page, and can be freely downloaded from the Book Store.

The PDF or XPS Booklets are recommended for viewing on any computer, and especially for printing out (double-sided so they can be bound). If you don't have Adobe Reader for viewing PDF files, you can get the appropriate version for your computer free here.

Download Amazon Kindle AppWe also have free Amazon Kindle compatible versions of all David Legge's study series, for use on your Kindle or on a PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, or Android device. Download the free Kindle Reading App for your device, or simply copy an eBook from our Book Store over to your Kindle. Also available are ePUB versions of these eBooks for use in iBooks on your iPhone or iPad and many other ePUB-compatible reading devices such as the Sony Reader or Barnes & Noble Nook. Other formats for older devices include Microsoft Reader Booklets for using on your Pocket PC or PDA (Windows Mobile devices), and iSilo PDB format for use on Symbian devices.

How to print PDF booklets double-sided:
You can read a PDF file on screen, or print it out as a booklet. Follow the instructions below to print out our booklets from Adobe Acrobat using both sides of the paper, so that they can be bound like an ordinary book (using an 80 page booklet as an example):

  1. In Adobe Reader choose File/Print from the menu
  2. Select 'All 80 pages' as the print range and choose 'Odd pages only' from the box below. This will print out only the odd numbered pages from 1-80. Click OK.
  3. Once these have printed, depending on your printer, reinsert the pages so that the printer will print on the OTHER side of page. (Some printers will require you to turn the pages so that page 1 is at the top, others will take the pages back the way they are with page 79 at the top - you may need to experiment with one or two pages first to establish how your printer works, or the user manual may help you with doubled-sided printing).
  4. If page 79 is at the top, choose File/Print, select 'Even pages only' and click the 'Reverse Pages' box. Then click OK. This will automatically print from page 80 down to page 2, saving you from having to reshuffle the pages! ALTERNATIVELY: If page 1 is at the top, simply choose File/Print, select 'Even pages only', then click OK.

At first this can be complicated as different printers handle double-sided printing different ways. There are other print options in Adobe Reader you may want to experiment with which allow you to shrink/expand page size etc. Once printed you should be able to get your booklet bound using a local stationery service, or just by using a simple file binder.

8. How do I find a sermon on a particular subject or scripture verse?Top

The sermons on our site are indexed by subject on the Topical Index page. They are also indexed by scripture reference on the Scripture Index page. If you cannot find what you are looking for on either of these pages, you can try using the Site Search page - when performing a search remember that less words means more results, more words means less results, and always check your spelling! If you have trouble finding something, try using alternative words or spellings, or search for associated terms.

9. Can I link to your site?Top

Share on Facebook, Twitter and GoogleWe value your help in spreading the word about our website. You can find instructions on how to link to us from your website or blog, and icons and banners for you to use, here.

We have also added Twitter 'Tweet', Google '+1' and Facebook 'Like' and 'Share' buttons to all our sermon transcripts, study series, and several other pages on our website (see left). We invite you to use these to recommend our ministry, or individual study series or sermons which have blessed you, to your friends and followers on whichever social network you use. Thank you for your help in letting others know about our ministry in this way! Remember that you can also follow David on Twitter or on Facebook. For website enquiries, our webmaster can also be contacted on Twitter.

10. Can I advertise on your site?Top

Sorry, we have a policy of no advertising on our site, and we do not sell anything.

11. Can I email you with my questions?Top

We welcome your emails, and we try to reply to every message we receive. However, please remember that we are volunteers, and as such we simply do not have time to enter into prolonged theological discussion by email. If you would like to comment on our website, or let others know about a sermon or series which has been of help to you, please sign our guestbook!

12. How often is the site updated, and can I be alerted each time?Top

Join our mailing listThe 'Preach The Word' website is updated regularly with new material. To see a list of all the latest additions to the site, visit the 'What's New?' page. You can sign up for our regular update emails, which will arrive in your inbox on the day the site is updated. It will tell you what has been added, along with other occasional news from our ministry. Alternatively, you can subscribe to our RSS Feed or MP3 Podcast to make sure that you never miss a new sermon!

13. Are the sermons and series on this site available to purchase?Top

It is our aim to provide the resources on this site free-of-charge. To this end, everything can be freely downloaded. If you would prefer, you can request David Legge's sermons and study series free-of-charge on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. These discs contain the sermons in high-quality MP3 format and PDF text format. Please abide by the terms laid out on the order page. Our free Gospel Pack is also available by filling in this form. The CD-ROMs should play in all computers, and most MP3 compatible CD/DVD players, the DVD-ROMs will play in computers equipped with a DVD drive. Sermons on these discs are only available in text or audio, we do not provide DVDs containing video or Video CDs.

14. I've found a page or sermon I can't access - what should I do?Top

Please let us know. With hundreds of pages and sermons on our site, it's quite possible that you've found a broken link - the only way we can fix it is if someone tells us about it! Thank you!

15. Do you have any materials specifically formatted for the blind or visually impaired?Top

Yes, all of our completed study series, and a selection of Gospel and Topical sermons, have been converted into electronic Braille formats. These can be used with BRL or BRF compatible devices or software. These booklets are also available in Plain Text so that you can format them for use in whatever way is best for you. Additionally, you can listen in MP3 format by downloading MP3 files, or subscribing to a series using its Podcast feed. All of these resources are linked to from our specially formatted page for the visually impaired, designed to be easy to use with screen readers. Each new sermon is also announced on this page, and linked to in various formats including plain text.

16. How do I subscribe to your MP3 Podcast or RSS Reader service?TopSubscribe to our RSS Feed

Subscribe to our PodcastNew sermons are available as an MP3 Podcast as soon as they are added to the site. For detailed instructions on how to join our Podcast service or RSS updates, please visit the Podcast Information Page, which also has links to the software you may need. If you would prefer to listen to our Podcast without subscribing, you listen online in your browser or download the MP3 files direct to your computer. Completed study series each have their own individual podcast feed, which you'll find by visiting the appropriate study page.

17. I can't get sermons to download, what can I do to solve this problem?Top

Each sermon on our site is available in a range of formats, and can be downloaded from a variety of locations. If you are having difficulty downloading a sermon from a particular link, we recommend visiting the transcript for the sermon and trying some of the alternate download links shown at the top of the transcript. For example, MP3 sermons are available in 32K and 64K quality, and can be downloaded from servers located in the US or Europe.

Alternate download links are available

If you are still unable to download a sermon, it is possible that either your firewall or AntiVirus software is blocking downloads from our site. You should read the documentation for your Firewall software to find out how to allow downloads from a specified site, or contact the developer to see if they can help.

You could also temporarily disable your virus software while downloading a sermon. All files on our site have already been checked and are certified virus-free. Make sure to re-enable your virus protection when the download is complete. If your problems with downloading persist, please contact us and we will try to help. We have made every effort to make the sermons as easy to access as possible. If all else fails, you can request MP3 sermons on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM free-of-charge.

18. How do I make Preach The Word my home page?Top

Internet Explorer users can click here to make Preach The Word your Home Page
In Firefox go to Tools/Options/Main and enter the address https://www.preachtheword.com
In Opera go to Tools/Preferences/General and enter the address https://www.preachtheword.com
In Chrome go to Wrench Icon/Options/Basics/Home Page and enter the address https://www.preachtheword.com

19. Do you have any resources in languages other than English?Top

Use 'Select Language' at the top of any transcriptWhilst we do not have any materials translated into other languages, you will find the Google Translate service available on our sermon transcripts. If you would like to try using this to read a transcript in another language, look for the 'Select Language' dropdown menu at the top of any transcript. Do note that the translation is an automated service performed by a computer, so we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the results - however we trust that it will at least give a general idea of the contents of a sermon to those unable to read or listen in English.

20. Is there an easier way to access your site on a smartphone or tablet?Top

Visit our mobile and touch screen friendly siteIf you're using a smartphone (such as an iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, or Blackberry device) or a tablet computer (such as the iPad), you may find it easier to access our resources using the mobile and touch-screen friendly version of our site. You can get there by visiting m.preachtheword.com, or by clicking the 'Mobile Site' link at the top of any page. You can then add an icon to the home screen of your device which will bring you directly to our mobile site in future. You will always have the option of returning to our full site if you wish. Additionally our Podcast feeds will deliver MP3 files to any device, and our Kindle eBooks can be read on most popular devices using Amazon's free Kindle App.