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Preaching for God's Glory (Redesign) (Today's Issues) Paperback – April 7, 2011
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About the Author
Alistair Begg serves as the senior pastor of Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1975 and served eight years in Scotland at both Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church. He has written several books and is heard daily on the radio program Truth For Life. He and his wife, Susan, have three grown children.
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Begg argues that preaching should by definition be expository, "Bible-based, Christ-focused, marked by doctrinal clarity, a sense of gravity, and convincing argument." He clearly chronicles the tragic demise of this kind of biblical preaching which is of no advantage to God's people.
Begg discusses the reason for the departure of expository preaching from so many pulpits. He is convinced that there is a loss of confidence in the Bible. He adds, "The expositor is not a poet moving his listeners by cadence and imagery, nor is he an author reader from a manuscript. He is a herald speaking by the strength and authority of heaven."
The tragic failure to preach expository sermons has resulted in confusion and malnutrition. "The tragic medicine," writes Begg "for this disease is the preaching and teaching ministry that God has established to bring his people to maturity.
Begg explores the nature of expository preaching. Preachers must begin with the text, stand between two worlds, and show how a given text is relevant in the twenty-first century.
Finally, Begg discusses the benefits of expository preaching.
1. It gives glory to God alone.
2. It makes the preacher study God's Word.
3. It helps the congregation.
4. It demands treatment of the entire Bible.
5. It provides a balanced diet.
6. It eliminates Saturday night fever (or last-minute preparation).
Preaching for God's Glory is a worthy addition to a small list of worthwhile books on the preaching task. Begg does not pretend to offer a comprehensive look at preaching. It is, however, a reaffirmation of the importance of expository preaching that must not go unheeded. Indeed, all pastors must embrace the mandate to preach for God's glory.
I have spent more money on this small book than I have on some theological sets that rest on my shelf. Not that the booklet costs very much, but because I have to continually replace it. I no sooner get a new copy than I find an opportunity to give it away to another preacher.
There are many preaching books that are more technically astute than this one. There are many that are more homiletically or hermeneutically instructive. But none will give the preacher a better reminder, quicker, than this one. The best way I can describe this little book is that it is like hard candy to a diabetic. It won't give you everything you need, but it will do the trick to prevent a catastrophic crash.
I like to keep a copy in my office to periodically review. It reminds me of the necessity of expository preaching--even when it's difficult. It reminds me of the benefits of expository preaching--even when I don't see them. It reminds me of the steps to take to be an effective expository preacher--even when I don't want to take them. And finally, it reminds me that God is in control of it all--even when, right at the moment, I don't believe it.
I might as well go ahead and order another copy--I just thought of another preacher friend I'll give this one to.
Begg has chapters on The Eclipse of Expository Preaching, What Happened to Expository Preaching?, The Nature of Expository Preaching, The Benefits of Expository Preaching, Practical Pointers, and Who is Equal to Such a Task?. To be sure, all of the chapters could be fleshed out in much greater detail, but Begg does an outstanding job of concisely covering his material in each short chapter.
The booklet is part of the Today's Issues series promoted by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.
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