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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Kooienga, Christian Renewal “A beneficial sourcebook of ideas for methods, structures, and resources for preaching Christ in expository sermons.
Bryan Chapell’s book, Christ-Centered Preaching, is a refreshing exception to this trend. WarrenBibliotheca Sacra This complete guide to expository preaching teaches the basics of preparation, organization, and delivery–the trademarks of great preaching. I especially like the theology and applicatory concern that shine through it all.
In other words, preaching is not an imitative exercise. This week’s sermon is already altered, and I have been reminded of some things I had long forgotten. By including chapters on biblical theology, Chapell has enriched the study of homiletics so that Christ-centered thinking becomes an integral part of sermon preparation. Endorsements “This is a great book.
Chapell leads the pack as both a homiltetician and preacher. Chapell’s approach is rooted in the Reformation assumption that Jesus Christ is at the heart of all that is written in the Bible, a view that Jesus himself shared. It is well-written, systematically laid out and will more than repay the effort put into it.
Others may not have the privilege of sitting in the classroom of this able instructor, but the next best thing is available. I am strongly supportive of Chapell’s main thesis. For another, here is a book that gives wise counsel and necessary instruction on the principles and preparation of expository sermons.
We must always remember that popular acclaim is not necessarily the same as spiritual effectiveness. Chapell’s aim is not merely homiletical; it is ultimately theological. It is these live men whom God supremely calls; men who have eaten the word, as a prophet did, and into whom it has passed to become a perpetual throb in their hearts; so that when it comes forth again, it will proceed upon its errand, bearing the warmth of their innermost experiences; those experiences wherein are traced the musings which continued until they could find vent only in fire; the fire that burns quickly into other souls, melts where it burns, and remoulds where it melts.
Chapell’s seminary students sit at the feet of a master preacher. Of course some of the ‘classics’ stood out as fresh and highly significant.
It combines emphasis on expository preaching within the reformed tradition, focusing, as the title suggests, on Christ-centered preaching; yet, the author offers some new and fresh thoughts in that area. He has organized his material well, beginning with principles of preaching–on the basis of which he shows how to prepare a sermon–and concluding with a heavy emphasis on making sermons Christ-centered.
I have been unable to find one that brings both together as this textbook does. We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else.
Whatever their ecclesiastical leaning or spiritual persuasion, preachers will better communicate it having implemented the suggestions of this book. The real contribution of Christ-Centered Preaching, however, is revealed in its title.
There is a great need for this book. In addition, they powerfully illustrate the method Chapell prescribes for sermonizing by requiring a thoughtful rethinking of the matter and by making the content of each chapter concrete. Neither is it some jargon-ridden, dry academic book fit only for the scholar.
Preachers will be stretched, challenged, and shown how to preach the Word more faithfully and effectively. When it was first published inChapell’s work won the book of the year award from Preaching magazine. Questions challenge the reader at the end of each chapter.
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The book crystallizes the essence of expository preaching and presents clear, transferable principles for preaching effectively. Any seminarian or preacher, however long in the ministry, can profit preachijg what is found in these pages.
Refresh and try again. I found the work to be scholarly in its research base, balanced in its argument, succinct and focused in its presentation, creative in its emphases, seminal in its potential, chridt-centered also delivered with some panache, a vivacity uncommon enough in preaching volumes to be itself quite remarkable. Twelve appendices full of practical information and suggestions complete the book. Especially useful is the focus on the application of a passage determining the construction of the sermon.
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Preahcing second edition contains updates and clarifications, chdist-centered this classic to continue to serve the needs of budding preachers. 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.
Preaching that conforms to the pattern set here will certainly be edifying, and the techniques proposed could sustain over many years an expository ministry that would not at any stage be found wearisome. In conclusion, here is a book that should be read and reread by every preacher of the Word.
Thoughts you cannot gather at 3: Preaching without application may serve the mind, but preaching with application results in service to Christ. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Chapell’s book is pteaching vast to master; but to miss considering it is like willfully ignoring the Pacific while claiming to be an oceanographer.
I would expect this book to establish itself as a reliable guide noted for good Christian sense. I hope it will be used to train those who fill the church’s pulpits for many years to come.
For example, the chapters on illustration and application are worth the price of the book. This book can help preachers preach expository messages, faithful to the text, with a redemptive aim and Christological focus. It is by a long shot the best chapelk most stimulating book I have read on the subject. Louis, will be extremely helpful to many preachers and students of preaching.