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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Twelth Printing edition (March 3, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310278708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310278702
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"Some may object to my dogmatic assertions; but I do not apologize for them. Every preacher should believe strongly in his own method; and if I cannot persuade all of the rightness of mine, I can at least stimulate them to think and to consider other possibilities. I can say quite honestly that I would not cross the road to listen to myself preaching, and the preachers whom I have enjoyed most have been very different indeed in their method and style. But my business is not to describe them but to state what I believe to be right, however imperfectly I have put my own precepts into practice. I can only hope that the result will be of some help, and especially to young preachers called to this greatest of all tasks, and especially in these sad and evil times. With many others I pray that 'The Lord of the harvest may thrust forth' many mighty preachers to proclaim 'the unsearchable riches of Christ!'"

About the Author

Born in South Wales, Dr Lloyd-Jones was a practicing physician until leaving medicine to become the minister of a Welsh Presbyterian Church. He is author of numerous books and printed lectures.

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), minister of Westminster Chapel in London for 30 years, was one of the foremost preachers of his day. His many books have brought profound spiritual encouragement to millions around the world.

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I would recommend this to any preacher.
Dr. Knox
Dr.D.Martyn Lloyd-Jones has been regarded as one of the ten best preachers of the 20th century.
Gareth J. Duggan
I found very good instructions from a recent reading.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Rogers on November 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have been a pastor of a Presbyterian churches for 25 years and weekly preaching is my life's work. Others may tell you more about the 'how' of constructing a sermon from a Bible text. However, no one will tell you more about what the task of preaching really is than Lloyd-Jones, the finest English language preacher of the 20th century, without a doubt. Yes, he is 'old school'; but it is his kind of preaching that brings the power of the gospel to bear on people to truly change them -- not all the dramatic sideshow tricks of today's 'entertainment' churches. When we hear preaching again from hundreds of pulpits like that of Dr. Lloyd-Jones, the church will leap forward by the grace of God, into a new reformation! I tell younger pastors to read this once a year, until it becomes part of them.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brian G Hedges on July 18, 2000
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The Doctor at his best! This is a warm and encouraging book for preachers. Dr. Lloyd-Jones delivered these lectures at Westminister Seminary in the sixties (I think), but they are still relelvant today for the preacher that is serious about his calling. Lloyd-Jones defends the primacy of preaching, showing that there is not any substitute for it. He delves into the preparation, shape, and form of the sermon and hits on such issues as humor, invitations, and the congregation. Best of all is the last chapter on "Demonstration of the Spirit and of the Power" which deals with the sacred anointing of the Holy Spirit in preaching. I am a preacher and if I could have only one book on preaching, this would probably be the one!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John A. Bird on May 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones believed in expository sermons with substance. While the pastor of Westminster Chapel, London, he preached through entire books of the Bible, often delivering more than one sermon per verse. (His sermons from 1 John fill five volumes!) He believed that "the primary task of the Church and of the Christian minister is the preaching of the Word of God."

In Preaching and Preachers, the Doctor urges preachers to take their calling seriously. "The most urgent need in the Christian Church today is true preaching." With that in mind, he shares what he learned through his many years of pastoring and preaching. Chapters (there are 16 of them) deal with the character of the preacher, congregations, the preparation of the sermon (and the preacher), the shape and form of sermons, illustrations and humor, and the act of preaching itself. I particularly benefitted from a chapter titled, "What to Avoid."

Sometimes I'll enjoy a book enough to read it twice. This is one of the few that I've read three times--I've certainly benefitted from it more than any other book on the subject of preaching. The author's style is straightforward and enjoyable to read. He is dogmatic at times, and in a few places it is evident that these lectures were delivered several decades ago. (He lists the tape-recording of sermons as a "peculiar and special abomination" of the time.) However, the practical advice he gives will never be outdated.

This is the book on Biblical, theological, expository preaching. Preachers would benefit from reading it, but their congregations would benefit even more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shayne Riley on February 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a Pastor, I'm always looking for something to read. Actually, I came across this book doing what you're doing right now...surfing around on AMAZON! When I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. Lloyd-Jones teaches Pastors how to be better prepared to prepare the people. He discusses such matters as sermon preparation, what to avoid while preaching, not letting the pew control the pulpit, how to deepen your study time, and much, MUCH more! Lloyd-Jones is much like Paul writing to young Timothy's everywhere.
Before I read this book I knew little of Lloyd-Jones. Now I want to read as much as I can from him! Very much recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erik Raymond on December 26, 2007
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"I'd as soon preach undressed as unprepared" this is a quote applied to the man who occupied the pulpit of Westminster Chapel from 1938-1968.

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a medical doctor turned preacher and many have said that if he had wanted to he could have become Prime Minister. Lloyd-Jones was a unique man indeed. However, it was not his high intellect that distinguished him as a preacher but rather his ability to communicate theological truth in an understandable, digestible, but not less than convicting manner. It is fitting then that we should have a book by Lloyd-Jones on the subject of preaching.

Preaching and Preachers is a compilation of lectures given by Lloyd-Jones to the students of Westminster Theological Seminary in the spring of 1969.

Personally, I found the book to be a refreshing tonic to me, a young preacher. I felt like I was visiting with him in a coffee shop and just talking shop with him. I asked a lot of questions in the margins took notes and spent a considerable time pondering many of his pregnant quotes.

"To love to preach is one thing, to love those to who we preach quite another"

"What is preaching? Logic on fire! Eloquent reason!"

"Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire"

"Preachers are born, not made."

"...true preaching does deal with personal problems, so much so that true preaching saves a great deal of time for the pastor."

There is little doubt that Lloyd-Jones was both scripturally and experientially convinced of the primacy of preaching. He beat the drum over and over again about the need for the preacher to do his work in the study and then communicate the truth to his people that they might grow.
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