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Alistair Begg served two churches in his native Scotland before answering the call in 1983 to become senior pastor at Parkside Church in suburban Cleveland, OH. A graduate of the London School of Theology, he has written several books and is heard daily on the national radio program Truth For Life.

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Product Details

  • Series: Today's Issues (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (October 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581341237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581341232
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,551,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ALISTAIR BEGG served two churches in his native Scotland before answering the call in 1983 to become senior pastor at Parkside Church in suburban Cleveland, OH. A graduate of the London School of Theology, he has written several books and is heard daily on the national radio program Truth for Life.

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There are many preaching books that are more technically astute than this one.
James Drake
Therefore, to counteract these deficiencies Begg gives a powerful defense for the efficacy of expository preaching.
Dr. David P. Craig
This book is a credit to its field and should be read and applied by pastors and laity.
Thomas Locicero

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Locicero on May 26, 2000
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Alistair Begg's comments on the importance of expository preaching are a must-read for those handling God's Word. As usual, his insights are invaluable. This book is a credit to its field and should be read and applied by pastors and laity. All Christians are called to the Great Commission, and this book is a practical way of presenting Jesus and Him crucified to a lost world. I thank God for faithful, uncompromising preachers and teachers, such as Alistair Begg.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James Drake on March 19, 2009
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At a whopping 48 half-size pages, this can hardly be considered a book. But despite its diminutive size, it is grand in its content.

I have spent more money on this small book than I have on some theological sets that rest on my shelf. Not that the booklet costs very much, but because I have to continually replace it. I no sooner get a new copy than I find an opportunity to give it away to another preacher.

There are many preaching books that are more technically astute than this one. There are many that are more homiletically or hermeneutically instructive. But none will give the preacher a better reminder, quicker, than this one. The best way I can describe this little book is that it is like hard candy to a diabetic. It won't give you everything you need, but it will do the trick to prevent a catastrophic crash.

I like to keep a copy in my office to periodically review. It reminds me of the necessity of expository preaching--even when it's difficult. It reminds me of the benefits of expository preaching--even when I don't see them. It reminds me of the steps to take to be an effective expository preacher--even when I don't want to take them. And finally, it reminds me that God is in control of it all--even when, right at the moment, I don't believe it.

I might as well go ahead and order another copy--I just thought of another preacher friend I'll give this one to.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brian Douglas on November 24, 2001
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Begg's 48-page, 6-chapter work is a breath of fresh air into the preaching world. Begg's argument for expository preaching and his chapter on "Practical Pointers" is exceptional - any preacher, whether they agree with expository preaching or not, should read this book. Anyone who does will come away with a greater realization of the magnitude and importance of preaching the Word of God to our world today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David P. Craig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 1, 2013
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There are many methods that pass for "expository" preaching today. Alistair Begg (one of the finest preachers today) argues that the nature of true expository preaching benefits the body of Christ more than any other kind of preaching, and that it also results in brining glory to God.

In chapters one and two Begg critiques the different types of preaching in our day. He isolates the many problems down to really one thing: that preachers are not preaching the message of the Bible, but their own message. Scholars call this eisogesis "reading into the text what's not actually there." Most preaching today either errs on the side of total pragmatism "all application with no theology," or on the side of all doctrine with very little application. Therefore, to counteract these deficiencies Begg gives a powerful defense for the efficacy of expository preaching.

Begg defines expository preaching as "the unfolding of the text of Scripture in a way that makes contact with the listeners' world while exalting Christ and confronting them with the need of action." He continues, "When the Bible is not being systematically expounded, congregations often learn a little about a lot but usually do not understand how everything fits together."

The key elements of expository preaching are as follows:

(1) Expository preaching always begins with the text of Scripture. This doesn't necessarily mean that you always begin the sermon reading the text "but it does mean that even when we begin by referring to some current event or the lyric of a contemporary song, it is the text of Scripture that establishes the agenda for the sermon. The verses under consideration always establish and frame the content of the sermon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David Steele on December 17, 2012
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Originally published in 1999, Alister Begg's Preaching for God's Glory is a welcome reminder that points to the necessity of expository preaching.

Begg argues that preaching should by definition be expository, "Bible-based, Christ-focused, marked by doctrinal clarity, a sense of gravity, and convincing argument." He clearly chronicles the tragic demise of this kind of biblical preaching which is of no advantage to God's people.

Begg discusses the reason for the departure of expository preaching from so many pulpits. He is convinced that there is a loss of confidence in the Bible. He adds, "The expositor is not a poet moving his listeners by cadence and imagery, nor is he an author reader from a manuscript. He is a herald speaking by the strength and authority of heaven."

The tragic failure to preach expository sermons has resulted in confusion and malnutrition. "The tragic medicine," writes Begg "for this disease is the preaching and teaching ministry that God has established to bring his people to maturity.

Begg explores the nature of expository preaching. Preachers must begin with the text, stand between two worlds, and show how a given text is relevant in the twenty-first century.

Finally, Begg discusses the benefits of expository preaching.

1. It gives glory to God alone.

2. It makes the preacher study God's Word.

3. It helps the congregation.

4. It demands treatment of the entire Bible.

5. It provides a balanced diet.

6. It eliminates Saturday night fever (or last-minute preparation).

Preaching for God's Glory is a worthy addition to a small list of worthwhile books on the preaching task. Begg does not pretend to offer a comprehensive look at preaching. It is, however, a reaffirmation of the importance of expository preaching that must not go unheeded. Indeed, all pastors must embrace the mandate to preach for God's glory.
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