It covers all your might expect – the goals, foundations and practicalities of preparing and delivering sermons. But here’s what I think is more distinctive about it …
- An emphasis on capturing the affections of our hearts for Christ (rather than merely a process of education) along with an exploration of what this means in practice.
- A focus on ensuring our preaching is always a Christ-centred proclamation of the gospel.
- A focus on ‘letting the text do the work’ so that the text itself provide the colour and variety to your gospel proclamation.
- A section of preparing the preacher as well as preparing the preaching.
- A workbook format with short practical chapters that groups (like leadership teams or staff teams) can readily look at together.
The focus is on sermons, but there are also a couple of chapters on interactive Bible studies. The format is similar to other volumes in the Gospel-Centred series although Gospel-Centred Preaching is about twice as long.
You can get a good feel for the book with this glimpse inside.
And here’s a commendation:
Initial reaction: oh no, not another how-to on preaching! Reaction after reading: this is great! It is theologically informed, practical, real and God-honouring. But above all, it is really encouraging! It renewed in me both a vision and a passion for getting on with communicating God’s word.
– Mark Meynell, senior associate minister at All Souls Langham Place, London, UK.