Why is some preaching arresting and powerful, and some boring and flat? How do you prepare sermons? The author states that God’s work in the world and preaching are intimately linked, ‘The kingdom of God and preaching are like conjoined twins who cannot be separated; they stand or fall together.’ This book is based on the author’s preaching seminars held over the years in Switzerland, England and Wales, while additional material is taken from lectures at the Evangelical Theological College of Wales, Bryntirion, Bridgend. The author insists that a sermon should be rooted in accurate exegesis, characterized by doctrinal substance, Christ–centredness and supernatural authority, as well as being clear, direct, vivid, helpful and moving.
This book is based on the author's preaching seminars held in England, Wales and Switzerland in years past. He begins with the basics, and defines what preaching is. From the New Testament, he shows that the preacher is to be a herald, evangelist, witness to the truth, and teacher. He then shows the key features of New Testament preaching, which are still to be factors in preaching today. Preaching is to be: * compelling * plain * Christ-centred. The second part of the book shows us the elements of good preaching. I have heard many sermons which were based on texts and passages. However, with all due respect, the preachers did not necessarily bring out the real meaning of their passage. Therefore, it is good to see a chapter on exegetical accuracy. The author encourages the preacher to study, and find the right context for the passage we aim to preach on. In addition, he gives tips on how a preacher can make better use of commentaries, lexicons, etc. This is followed by chapters on doctrinal substance, clear structure, vivid illustration and pointed application. There then follows a simple, practical chapter on the matter of helpful delivery, and includes points such as gestures, simple language and even the issue of the actual length of the sermon. The final section of this part is entitled 'Supernatural Authority.' Here's a subject that all preachers should take to heart, as it encourages the need of much prayer before preaching. The final part of the book covers a suggested method of preaching. This includes matters such as writing notes, study, as well as prayer before and after the sermon. The book then ends with a tribute to a preacher named Hugh Morgan. He was the pastor of an evangelical church in Newport for many years, and according to the author, he put into practice much of the principles outlined in this book. I will wholeheartedly recommend this book. It is very simple to understand and very practical too. After reading this, there should be no excuse for boring preaching! No matter how long you've been preaching for, this book will help you improve.
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