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Rediscovering Expository Preaching Hardcover – June 24, 1992

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About the Author

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 24, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849909082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849909085
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Widely known for his thorough, candid approach to teaching God's Word, John MacArthur is a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. John and his wife, Patricia, have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren.
John's pulpit ministry has been extended around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to You, and its satellite offices in seven countries. In addition to producing daily radio programs for nearly 2,000 English and Spanish radio outlets worldwide, Grace to You distributes books, software, audiotapes, and CDs by John MacArthur.
John is president of The Master's College and Seminary and has written hundreds of books and study guides, each one biblical and practical. Best-selling titles include The Gospel According to Jesus, Truth War, The Murder of Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, and The MacArthur Study Bible, a 1998 ECPA Gold Medallion recipient.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Though I am not a preacher, I decided to read <em>Rediscovering Expository Preaching</em> in an attempt to discover exactly what expository preaching is and compare it to the type of teaching practiced in most modern churches. That this book was written by John MacArthur and the faculty of Master's seminary is a strong endorsement of its value, for that institution is known as being one that upholds the value of expositional teaching. I hoped also that I would learn some techniques and disciplines that would enrich my personal Bible study as well as my writing. I was not disappointed.

Effective exposition of the Bible requires four steps and each of these receives careful analysis in this book. The steps are:

-Personal preparation. This involves ensuring that the expositor is walking with the Lord. He must be dedicated to studying the Word and to prayer as well as other spiritual disciplines. Proper exposition cannot be done apart from the Spirit who alone can illumine the text.

-Processing the Biblical text. This involves using study tools, engaging in hermeneutics and exegesis and generally drawing the meaning from the text in a biblical manner.

-Pulling the message together. This involves determining the central ideas of a text and drawing up an outline. It involves an effective introduction and conclusion and moving from exegesis to exposition.

-Preaching the exposition. This involves actually delivering the message in an effective manner.

Each of these steps is explained in sufficient, though not burdensome detail. Nine authors combined to write the nineteen chapters, and while some are more effective communicators than others, each does a good job of handling his topic.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hudnall on December 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The purpose of this 410-page comprehensive volume is "to motivate and equip this and the next generation of Christian leaders to provide wholesome spiritual nourishment for God's people from His Word." It is a compilation of essays by John MacArthur and eight members of his faculty at The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, California. The volume is designed to be a condensed version of the seminary's expository preaching program. It is divided into five parts and nineteen chapters. The first section is essentially an apologetic for the necessity of expository preaching. Section two deals with the preacher as a man of God, a man of prayer and a man of the Word. The third section covers hermeneutics, exegesis, grammatical analysis, study tools, and study methods. Section four examines the preparation of the expository message. The final section looks at effectively delivering the message.

"Rediscovering Expository Preaching" is well written, thorough, challenging, inspiring, and instructional. Only those students proficient in Biblical languages would be capable of fully utilizing the book's instructions; Yet, any Christian hoping to improve his ability at interpreting and expounding Scriptural truth could benefit from this work. The authors guide you through the entire process of preparation to presentation of expository messages. Along the way you are given principles, guidelines, suggestions, motivations, and examples. You derive from this writing the highest regard for God's Word and a great sense of responsibility to proclaim it authentically, accurately and boldly. The authors present the material authoritatively, even on disputable matters. It isn't the first book I'd recommend on the subject of preaching but it is an outstanding presentation of the discipline and art of expository preaching.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric M Kennedy on March 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
John MacArthur's Rediscovering Expository Preaching was a very good book. It presents insights into preaching that are valuable to both the prospective preacher and to the non-preacher. I've found it interesting to listen to sermons after reading the book. Just as you enjoy and get more out of a sporting event when you understand the game, I believe that I am a better listener to sermons as a result of reading the book. I can better appreciate the effort put in by the preacher to try to make his message clear to the listeners. I can also use the knowledge I've gained by reading to book to more easily pull the key points out of the message. In addition to being a better listener, I feel that I am better prepared to evaluate other churches if we ever find ourselves in a situation, such as moving, where we have to look for a church. I am now in a better position to evaluate the quality of the preaching based on understanding the fundamentals of sound expository preaching.
Rediscovering Expository Preaching presented the historical and theological basis for expository preaching. A commitment to the inerrancy and sufficiency of scripture is one of the key motivators for the use of an expository approach to preaching. It was interesting to learn what expository preaching is not. It was also interesting to learn of the various benefits of preaching expositionally, most importantly being forced to deal with the whole of scripture.
Rediscovering Expository Preaching was also motivating. It made me want to be used of God through the preaching of His Word, if it is His will. I want to work hard to understand the Bible and be bold enough to proclaim it faithfully whether it is in season or not. The book presented both the responsibility and the privilege associated with preaching God's word.
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