Bryan Chapell, Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon. Second Edition. Baker, pages. $ “Three points. When we speak of Christ-centered preaching, it is hard not to think and speak of Bryan Chapell, the President Emeritus of Covenant Seminary. Chapell, Bryan. Christ-centered preaching: redeeming the expository sermon / Bryan Chapell.—2nd ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.
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It is both clear and comprehensive. We should not expect our words to acquaint others with the power of the Spirit if we have not met with him. Whatever their ecclesiastical leaning or spiritual persuasion, preachers will better communicate it having implemented the suggestions of this book. Twelve appendices full of practical preaaching and suggestions complete the book.
As with most second editions it seeks to clarify and supplement the previous edition. Preaching itself chzpell easier and more rewarding. I have taught homiletics for ten years in two different institutions. Christ-Centered Preaching will make a difference to generations of seminary students and to generations of Christians who will hear them preach. The last part of the book, dealing with ‘a theology of Christ-centered messages,’ is a substantially new contribution and much needed.
In other words, preaching is not an imitative exercise. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.
Warren, Bibliotheca Sacra “This is the second edition of a previously well-received ‘how-to’ book on preaching. I share with him chriet-centered belief that contemporary congregations are open to expository preaching models provided they are done well and with an emphasis on practical application.
Every preacher is to regard himself as an original exhibitor and enforcer of the terms of human salvation; a channel of gracious speech, markedly different from every other.
Especially useful is the focus on the application of a passage determining the construction of the sermon. All in all, a fine publication, from which even seasoned preachers will profit, let alone beginners. I picked it up expecting to hone my preaching techniques and found myself learning to read my entire Bible as a testimony to Christ’s redeeming work.
Those chapters ought to be required reading for every pastor, not to mention every Navigator and Campus Crusade staff worker in America.
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It will make a difference. Chapell has provided a solid preachong contemporary approach to expository preaching, something that is much needed in today’s congregations. This book is written carefully and clearly, formatted helpfully, and is comprehensive in scope. Why not give yourself and your congregation a chance.
Cain, Liturgy, Hymnody, and Pulpit “Capably details the needed preparation process for expository preaching. I hope it will be used to train those who fill the church’s pulpits for many years to come. There is a great need for this book.
This book is obviously the fruit of wisdom gained from preaching, from thinking about preaching, and from thinking about teaching others to preach. I went looking for preaching suggestions and found in the expert advice refreshment for my heart.
WarrenBibliotheca Sacra. With the help of charts and creative learning exercises, Chapell shows how expository preaching can reveal the redemptive aims of Scripture and offers a comprehensive approach to the theory and practice of preaching. I have been unable to find one that brings both together as this textbook does. Chapell brings his wealth of pastoral preaching and homiletical instruction into a well-crafted volume.
Hogan, former professor emeritus of preaching, Reformed Theological Seminary “The strong technical and christ-centreed underpinnings behind Christ-Centered Preaching are wonderfully illumined by its high degree of readability.
The second edition contains updates and clarifications, allowing this classic to continue to serve the needs of budding preachers.
Kooienga, Christian Renewal “A beneficial sourcebook of ideas for methods, structures, and resources for preaching Christ in expository sermons. In conclusion, here is a book that should be read and reread by every preacher of the Brya.
Preaching without application may serve the mind, but preaching with application results in service to Christ. The centrality of this idea to the whole of Chapell’s volume, and its chhapell as integral to everything from introductions to conclusions–along with his attention to transitions, structures, applications, illustrations, and presentations–makes this volume not only contemporary but also unique and will assure its influence for many years.