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5.0 out of 5 stars Christ-Centered Preaching!, August 27, 2004
This review is from: Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon (Hardcover)
The title says it all: Christ-Centered preaching! We live in the age of attention-deficit congregations who are incredibly short sighted and want things in sound bites and to be readily digestible. On the other hand, there are still congregations that hunger for preachers who deliver more substantive sermons. Lost in this culture even amongst many conservative Christian congregations is the value of the expository sermon, which really delves into the Word of God. Chapell makes a case for the value of the expository sermon. Moreover he shows how to effectively deliver expository sermons. He shows how we can learn from the great expositors of the past. He addresses the need for Christ-centered preaching, effective delivery, and he soundly explains components of exposition and offers techniques for effective illustration. He offers some poignant advice on delivery, dress and style, which is important to connecting with the congregation. His exhortation is gentle and understanding, but he reminds the pastor not to lose sight of the Cross or fall into familiar traps of trying to humor the congregation as a constant comedian least the efficacy of one's Gospel message get lost in a sea of worldliness and pride. Chapell really hits the point home that Christ-centered preaching is vitally requisite to the efficacy and power of a speaker's Gospel message. He devotes whole chapters to developing redemptive sermons and taking a redemptive approach to preaching. Looking at notes is not off limits, but eye contact is vital to exhibiting knowledge and preparation and ultimately in effectively communicating the message to a congregation. Finally, he reminds the evangelist or pastor that the efficacy of one's preaching ultimately lies in much contemplation-seeking God through prayer and supplication-and a humble commitment to the Word of God. If we boast in anything we should boast in the Cross!

This book was extraordinarily helpful in preparation for my first sermon this past June and I chose a more substantive expository sermon than a simple topical sermon to kick off my debut, and this book was most helpful in preparation, structuring and planing. Soli Deo Gloria!
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Initial post: Sep 10, 2007 3:27:13 PM PDT
Thank you for commenting on the material of the book and not just writing a superficial review of "it was good". And ending with Soli Deo Gloria was great too, as it is one of my favorite phrases. I shall have to read this book as Seminary is something I deeply wish to attend after finishing my undergrad.
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