I have always held the belief that expository preaching is the method by which the preacher brings forth the meaning of the text in its ancient context to the contemporary application through faithful exegesis. The type of preaching is not necessarily important; deductive, inductive, narrative, and so forth.
“Encountering God through Expository Preaching” is not what one might think, or expect. If you are looking for a how-to manual, this is not the book for you. However, if you are looking for a book that theologizes preaching, its intricacies and why the pastor must rely on the Spirit of God to preach faithfully, then you need to read this text.
Part one of the book discusses the preacher, the text, and the Spirit. Here, chapters discuss the context of preaching, the role of the Spirit, and the holiness of the preacher. I appreciate that this book starts with the holiness and character of the person in the pulpit; albeit for the purpose of this book, the “man (male) matters”. In the second, the reader encounters chapters which discuss the mechanics of preparation; including delivery, reading the text well, tone, the structure and what the sermon says. I am appreciative of this portion because it is not the main focus of the book but an equally important piece of the entire work. Finally, the book concludes with three chapters discussing the use of notes in the sermon event. I found these to be pertinent because one of the most common questions I hear amongst my group of “new preachers” is “how should I use my notes, or should I even take notes into the pulpit?”. I am thankful for the treatment of this frequent concern.
Overall, I found this to be a great introductory survey of preaching. This book coupled with “Power in the Pulpit”, “The Witness of Preaching”, “Choosing to Preach”, and other foundational texts in the field of homiletics will provide the student of preaching and pastor the tools to craft and deliver the sermon, and also understand the necessity and vitality of the Spirit in all things related to preaching.
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