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Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching Second edition (revised, expanded) Edition

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This book deserves to be read and reread to light the fire of passion and conviction for all who would publicly proclaim, 'Thus says the Lord.'

--Erwin Lutzer: Moody Church, Chicago

This book combines the wisdom and experience of a number of the foremost preachers of the present day. If it is received as it ought to be, we may yet see a mighty change for good in the current spiritual scene. I hope it will be widely read.

--Iain Murray: Co-founder, Banner of Truth Trust Edinburghm Scotland

Here some of this generation's most skilled shepherds provide passionate explanations of the priority and power of preaching God's Word so that it is a feast for Christ's sheep.

--Bryan Chapell: President, Covenant Theological Seminary St. Louis, Mo.

About the Author

Joel R. Beeke is pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.

Sinclair B. Ferguson, former professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, is now the minister of St. George's-Tron parish in Glasgow, Scotland, and the author of numerous books on Reformed theology.

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California; president of The Master s College & Seminary; and featured teacher for the Grace to You media ministry, which reaches millions worldwide. John has also written many bestselling books, including The Gospel According to Jesus. He and his wife, Patricia, have 4 married children and 15 grandchildren.

James Montgomery Boice (BA, Harvard; BD, Princeton; ThD, University of Basel) was the pastor of historic Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although he died in 2000, he can still be heard today on the radio ministry 'The Bible Study Hour.'

John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor for Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis. For thirty-three years, he was pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He is author of more than fifty books, including "Desiring God" and "Let the Nations Be Glad!"

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing; Second edition (revised, expanded) edition (October 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567691072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567691078
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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By Philip S Roeda on April 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Contributors to this book argue that the preached word of God has become a diminished part of Sunday morning worship service in the United States. Pastors and their congregations want other means of worship to be more prominent. When the pastor does preach, less is spoken about what is written in the Bible, but a form of psychology and/or an alternative World view is `shared'. Seeking more bodies in the pews, God's word has been left behind.

R. Albert Mohler, one of the contributors to Feed My Sheep, agrees that Gods word cannot exist without God's people, but he completes the quote from Martin Luther "...... and conversely God's people cannot exist without God's word." Furthermore Paul argued for the word to be preached:

of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now made manifest to his saints. (Colossians 1:25-26 RSV)

It is the Pastor's job to proclaim God's word to inspire the listener to seek the will of God and to correct the hearers of God's word in any misimpression of God's written word and direct disobedience to God's word:

Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ.
(Colossians 1:28 RSV)

John Montgomery Boice tells how God chooses to bring salvation into a person's life. The proclaimed word of God should tell of man's sinful state and his ultimate destination is hell. No one can avoid his just reward unless another takes the punishment for his sin. Jesus has done this for those who accept Him as Lord and Savior. God chooses man to spread the good news. Through the Holy Spirit God works upon man's heart.
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The Fact that this book is excellent should be no surprise, merely take a glance at the authors. This book will probably offend pastors who are in to the modern pop pyschology, but then they probably wouldn't be reading it anyway. Granted, that was probably unfair but...
Naturally some chapters are better than others, here are a few:
"The Lasting Effect of Experimental Preaching"--the essay on spiritual formation--worth the price of the book.
"The Primacy of Preaching"--by Albert Mohler--very good, a wake up call to the church.
"Expository Preaching"--good and bad examples of expository preaching, very fun chapter.
"Preaching to Suffering People"--by John Piper. It is by Piper, enough said.
"A reminder to Shepherds"--By John Macarthur, a fitting close to a fine book.
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I have to admit a few things as I begin writing about this book. I love preaching. I love to hear preaching. I love to read preached sermons. I love to read about preaching: mechanics, theory, necessity, etc. I love preaching.

I also love preachers. I feel greatly indebted to the men who have given their lives to the public proclamation of God's Word. I love to read their sermons. I love to read their books. I love to learn about them, their lives, and their faith. I just am sincerely blessed by God-fearing Bible-believing Gospel preachers. So when I had the opportunity through the program with Reformation Trust Publishing([...]) to read this book and review it, I was eager to do so.

The contributors to this text are top notch. The topics they cover are varied and interesting. As I began reading this book, I was quite excited--diving through the first four chapters in no time.

Al Mohler's chapter entitled, "The Primacy of Preaching," sets out to support the argument that "we must affirm with Martin Luther that the preaching of the Word is the first essential mark of the church", and I must confess that Mohler does an excellent job of this. He then goes to work recollecting the neo-orthodox recovery of preaching under HH Farmer. The section of his chapter that most ministered to me was the one entitled, "Hidden Results, Frequent Controversies". In this section, Mohler shows what I believe to be the toughest challenge facing men who sincerely desires to faithfully proclaim God's Word.

The preacher may sound like Luther on Sunday, but he feels like bathing in Ecclesiastes on Monday morning: "Vanity, vanity, all is vanity." Preaching can seem like striving after the wind.
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This book includes contributions from an all-star cast of pastors and scholars. Each chapter is written by a different theologian. The contributors include Albert Mohler Jr., James Montgomery Boice, Derek W. H. Thomas, Joel R. Beeke, R. C. Sproul, R. C. Sproul Jr., Sinclair B. Ferguson, Don Kistler, Eric J. Alexander, John Piper, and John MacArthur.

The book calls pastors to preach God's word in their churches. This sounds simple, but the truth is many preachers spend much time in the pulpit entertaining their congregations. The authors call modern pastors to preach God's Word and to hold nothing back. Pastors are called to deliver God's message of salvation unflinchingly and to refrain from fads, styles and popular topics.

If pastors are not causing their hearers to squirm they are not focusing on the gospel. God's Word is offensive to sinners and they should be convicted when hearing it. Gospel messages that make us feel good about our sinful state and help us learn how to fit Christ into our busy lives are not Christ centered, but man centered.

Rarely do you hear a church described, first and foremost, by the character, power, and content of its preaching. This is because few preachers today are true servants of the Word. The authors tell us the gospel is the most transformative, the most powerful, and the most explosive message there is. If pastors have a problem finding something to preach, then they are not preaching the gospel.

Preachers that pander to the sinner and avoid preaching the convicting truth of the Bible are not honoring our Father in their ministry. Jesus called pastors to fulltime ministry to shake listeners from their man-centered life and into a life dedicated to him.
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