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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (October 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433519712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433519710
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Jason Meyer offers a sterling contribution to the practice of expository preaching—not only affirming its historic benefits, but also helping us see how to interpret each aspect of Scripture in light of the development of the Bible’s whole message. Expository preaching can get lost in microscopic examination of a particular passage. Meyer keeps the redemptive context in view, not only providing many ‘aha’ moments for experienced expositors, but also giving a new generation of preachers even more incentive to expound the Word in a manner true to the text.”
Bryan Chapell, President Emeritus, Covenant Theological Seminary; Senior Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

“My friend Jason Meyer has a firm grasp not only on the theology of preaching, but also on the theology we’re called to preach. He is gripped by the Christ-centered plotline of the Bible and understands something that desperately needs to be recovered in our day if the church is ever going to experience the kind of reformation many of us long for: the preacher is not called to say many different things—but rather the same thing over and over, in many different ways, from every different text.”
Tullian Tchividjian, Founder, LIBERATE; author, One-Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World 

“Jason Meyer’s work cuts a new swath in the plethora of books on preaching. Meyer grounds his view of preaching in biblical theology, showing that the proclamation of God’s Word fits within the story line of Scripture. The reader will find wisdom on a multitude of other topics, such as the nature of expository preaching and the role topical preaching should play in the pulpit. The book breathes out a passion for God and a joy in Jesus Christ, so that the weight and gladness of preaching pulsate throughout the work.”
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Here Jason Meyer takes us on a sure-footed journey through the whole of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, unfolding for us what the entire Bible reveals about preaching. The result is a luminous, deeply grounded biblical theology for the ministry of the Word, and a winsome, compelling apologetic for expository preaching! Preaching: A Biblical Theology is a very important book that will be read and discussed by serious-minded Christians far and wide.”
R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

“Going . . . going . . . gone. Jason Meyer hits it out of the park.”
C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

About the Author

Jason C. Meyer (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church and associate professor of New Testament at Bethlehem College and Seminary. Prior to coming to Bethlehem, he served as dean of chapel and assistant professor of Christian Studies at Louisiana College. He is the author of Preaching: A Biblical Theology.

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?


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Our task as heralds of the word is to steward the word in such a way so that we are able to herald it faithfully.
Joel Aubrey
One of the most helpful books I’ve read in that vein of thought geared towards ministry leaders is Preaching A Biblical Theology by Dr. Jason Meyer.
Dave J. Jenkins
I found this book well worth the time invested in reading it and it has affected my opinions on preaching and it will affect the way I preach.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David P. Craig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 21, 2013
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I've been waiting for a book like this since my calling into the ministry thirty-one years ago. Meyer combines two of my favorite subjects: biblical theology and preaching with my greatest passion - the glory of God as revealed in Jesus. The thesis of this very enjoyable book is that "the ministry of the word in Scripture is stewarding and heralding God's word in such a way that people encounter God through his word."

What makes this book unique is that the author shows how "the whole Bible alone can give a holistic answer to what preaching is." Meyer brilliantly and cogently examines what the whole of the Scriptures have to say broadly about the ministry of the Word and specifically in light of what this means for the expository preacher. The ultimate reason of preaching isn't for the transfer of information, but to have an encounter with the living God.

Meyer takes the reader on a biblically saturated journey from Genesis to Revelation and unpacks what the entire Scriptures have to say about the ministry of the Word. He does a remarkable job of conveying how preaching the Word is grounded within the big picture story line of the gospel. Christ is the plot-line of the Scriptures and Meyer helps the minister build a foundation for preaching, paradigms for preaching, and demonstrates how biblical and systematic theology guides the preacher in ministering the Word so that we and our hearers encounter the glory of God in Christ.

I highly recommend this book for beginning and seasoned preachers, but also for all Christians. It is packed full with excellent illustrations, robust theological truths, and insightful applications.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David Steele on October 27, 2013
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Anyone who fills John Piper's shoes deserves to be heard. That's my attitude about Jason C. Meyer, the young pastor who recently accepted the call to serve as Senior Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. John Piper writes the forward to Meyer's new book, A Biblical Theology of Preaching. Piper eagerly endorses the new work and celebrates the "expository commitments of Jason Meyer," (a phrase that should lure every expository preacher to this book).

I. THE BIG PICTURE: BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD

Meyer presents his thesis in the first chapter. He argues, "The ministry of the Word in Scripture is stewarding and heralding God's word in such a way that people encounter God through his word." In reality, the stewardship presented here is a three-way arrangement: There is a necessary stewardship of truth between God and the preacher and between the preacher and his congregation. Ultimately, the stewardship rests in the members of the congregation who have a responsibility to hear God's Word and be changed by it.

One of the major themes here is the resolution that God will bring; a resolution that will address a creation that is presently groaning. God will bring a new creation through the majestic King, the Lord Jesus Christ - all through the promised seed of the woman.

II. A SURVEY OF PARADIGM SHIFTS IN THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD

Part two is a panoramic look at Scripture and a survey of paradigm shifts. The author presents ten paradigms as it relates to stewardship of the Word.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DanielS on March 17, 2014
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I have now read a grand total of two books on preaching and can certifiably say that I am no expert. One thing I can say is that what John Piper’s Supremacy of God in Preaching did for my own heart in terms of adding kindling to my fire for preaching, this book served as the fire pit, the match, the lighter fluid, the wood, and more. In other words, though Meyer’s work certainly provides its own “kindling” to the fire of preaching, it provides much more than that. It gives us the very foundations, paradigms, and tools for understanding the “fire” in the first place. In a word, I cannot think of how this book could have been more thorough and helpful in its discussion of preaching. The beauty of this book is that it brings the steward of the word to the dust while lifting high the excellencies of Christ in such a way that the reader feels loved and even rejoices in his position in the dust. We are servants and stewards of the High King!

It is difficult to identify just one highlight of the book, so I will go with two. First, Chapter 4 alone is worth the book’s weight in gold. Meyer states that it is the most important chapter in the book “because it is foundation for everything else” argued for in the book. I would go further than that and say that the chapter is foundational for everything else, period. Yes, this is a bit of an overstatement, but the way that Meyer walks through the biblical storyline is simply exhaustive and far-reaching. It is a beautiful depiction of the interlocking story of redemption, with Christ shining forth in his brilliance as the one on which all of the hope of the world rests. Secondly, the immensely practical nature of the book is quite refreshing. Parts 1, 3, and 4 are practical by nature. Part 5 is explicitly application in its entirety.
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