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Jesus Christ: The Prince of preachers--Learning from the teaching ministry of Jesus Paperback – February 27, 2008
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Abendroth's insightful work is so helpful, calling Christians today to consider the model of the Master Teacher Himself. Thoroughly biblical and intensely practical, this Christ-centered treatment on preaching deserves a place on every pastor s bookshelf. In a day when so many pulpits are less than weak, it is a timely and necessary challenge to those who are called to preach the Word (2 Tim. 4:2). But this book is not only for those in church leadership. It also articulates what each congregation should expect from their teaching pastor, as they lovingly hold him to the standard set by our Lord. --John MacArthur, Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California
The greatest preacher of the written Word is, undoubtedly, the living Word Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. If we are commanded to walk as He walked, then surely we must preach as He preached. This is the central thrust of this well-developed book, Jesus: The Prince of Preachers, by Mike Abendroth. This work addresses what is surely the greatest need in the church today. Not merely more preaching is needed, but more preaching of a certain kind--expository preaching, especially the kind as demonstrated by the sovereign Head of the church, Jesus Christ. Abendroth takes great care to lay out the case that all preachers should model themselves after the ministry of the Lord Jesus Himself. If there was more preaching as this book calls for, the church would soon be restored to a state of spiritual health. Here is a book that is biblical, balanced, and bold in its presentation of truth. Read it and replicate it for the equipping of your ministry and the edification of the church. --Dr. Steven J. Lawson, Senior Pastor
I cannot imagine a preacher who would not be helped by this book. Mike Abendroth writes from years of local church pulpit ministry combined with a wide reading of books about preaching to produce a volume that is insightful, instructive, encouraging, practical, readable, and biblically sound. He delivers exactly what his subtitle promises: "Learning from the teaching ministry of Jesus." But Abendroth delivers even more than he promises, for readers will not only learn a great deal about Christ and preaching, but also about pastoral ministry, discipleship, worship, and much more. And he does it all in an imaginative format that is accessible for almost everyone. If you are a preacher, read this book. If you are not a preacher, read it, and then give it to your Preacher. --Dr Donald Whitney, Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Senior Associate Dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky
About the Author
Mike Abendroth was born in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1982. He was saved by God s intervening grace in 1989. After his father died, he bought a study Bible and began reading it beginning with Genesis. Since then, Mike has been consumed with knowing what the Lord says in His Word. He graduated from The Master's Seminary (M. Div., 1996) and became the pastor of Bethlehem Bible Church, West Boylston, Massachusetts (1997). Recently, he received his Doctorate of Ministry in Expository Preaching at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2006). Mike has been married to Kimberly for eighteen years and has three daughters, Hayley, Maddie and Gracie, and one son, Luke. He has been preaching expository sermons on a weekly basis for fifteen years. One of Mike s passions is teaching men to teach the Bible expositionally and his Doctoral dissertation title is 'Training Laymen to Teach the Bible Expositionally'. He is an Adjunct Professor of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he teaches homiletics.
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Mike Abendroth aims to give Jesus the mic, or at least the pulpit in his new book, Jesus Christ: The Prince of Preachers. Mike is the Senior Pastor of Bethlehem Bible Church in West Boylston, Massachusetts. In addition to being a good friend Mike is also one of my favorite preachers. In his first book Mike tackles two of his prevailing passions, Jesus and preaching.
For those unfamiliar to Mike, the endorsements for the book help the reader understand something of the passionate community of heralds to which Mike belongs. There are endorsements from John MacArthur (who also wrote the forward), Steve Lawson, Danny Aiken, James White, Rick Holland, Alex Montoya, and Don Whitney.
Abendroth starts off the book by discussing "ecclesiological triage."
"The professing evangelical church is in a state of emergency. She is alive, but very sick. The health of the church today in in trouble, in spite of swelling numbers, mega-buildings, and expanding `borders.' She has been in a head-on collision with the eighteen-wheel semi-truck of postmodernity. The problems are so large and plentiful, nothing less than ecclesiological triage will sift through the myriad of problems and begin to lend spiritual attention to the top priorities."
So what is the solution to the problem? How do we treat this?
"We must preach, and we must do so as Jesus, the Prince of preachers, did....The ultimate priority for the revived church is preaching. The pulpit lies at the heart of the church. Preaching pumps the lifeblood of God's Word into the arteries, veins and capillaries of the local church's vital organs."
Mike then examines the preaching ministry of Jesus in the following 8 chapters:
Jesus viewed preaching as Preeminent
Jesus preached with a high view of Scripture
Jesus preached Christ and Him Crucified
Jesus preached Doctrine
Jesus preached as a Herald
Jesus preached Discipleship
Jesus preached for a Verdict
Jesus preached Expositionally
As a pastor I really enjoyed this book. In each chapter Abendroth dug into a text and supported his premise textually even syntactically. You could tell that many of these chapters flowed out of sermons that he, himself has preached. Additionally, Mike's writing style is vivid and engaging. You are in a conversation with him. The book is littered with everyday illustrations to drive home his points. And where he lets up and steps aside, he quotes someone else. The book is a quote machine. If you are a preacher you want to have this book on hand just to access all of the quotes.
Each chapter is very intentional. Mike starts each chapter with an exposition from a Gospel, showing how Jesus did what the title describes. In the next two sections of each chapter he makes specific application for his readers. In the first, he makes pointed application for pastors, preachers, leaders, elders, and all who teach the Bible formally or informally. Then in the final section of the chapter he challenges people who listen to preaching regularly. "Laypeople and congregations must see the importance of listening to preaching in a way that would honor Jesus. They should hear the Word taught as if they are actually listening to Him preach."
As you read this book a few things happen. 1) You appreciate Jesus and his itinerant ministry more, 2) You appreciate the grace of God in revelation more, 3) You want to listen to more sermons, 4) You want to preach.
If this book causes preachers to examine their time in the study and their product in the pulpit to ensure compatibility with Jesus' preaching...then it is successful. And if causes all who listen to sermons to love good preaching, listen better, and demand more...then it is successful. And, at the end of the day, if the book brings glory to Jesus Christ, the Prince of preachers...then it is successful.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and heartily commend it to you. It would also be a great gift for your pastor.
He writes a short but powerful work, pointing preachers to learn directly from the teaching ministry of Jesus. This is excellent material, a true encouragement for those committed to expository preaching, in season and out of season.
Abendroth writes, "The ultimate priority for the revived church is preaching. The pulpit lies at the heart of the church."
And if the pulpit lies at the heart of the church, then where should the church and the preacher turn to find the standard for preaching? Abendroth answers:
"While there are many definitions and descriptions of preaching today, Jesus' preaching must be the unchanging standard for all who dare teach the Bible. Preaching fads come and go, yet the manner and method of the Lord's preaching is always relevant, and worthy to be emulated."
Throughout the book, the living influences of Abendroth are easy to spot and appreciate): Bryan Chapell, John Piper, John MacArthur, Danny Akin, Al Mohler, Steve Lawson, and Hershael York. And what Abendroth leads us to admire about the writings of these men is that they challenge us toward a Christ-centered, Christ-emulating method of preaching in our own pulpits.
Where Abendroth brings zesty fresh thought is in the close of each chapter where he gives action-oriented application to the principles of the chapter. What is outstanding is that he provides ideas for both preachers and congregations. How should a preacher preach? How should a congregation hear? Abendroth gives answers for both group. He truly desires for this book to be read by both pastor and people in the pew.
Do not miss getting a copy of this book.