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Preaching is central to Christian worship, evangelism, and discipleship. It’s not a coincidence that many of the greatest leaders in church history were all preachers. However, in our day, biblical preaching is often neglected for other trendy means of attracting people. Church growth experts tell us that sermons should be shorter, funnier, and less, well, sermon-like. Contrary to this, the Scriptures are clear that God intends to spread His gospel and build up His church through the mouths of preachers (Romans 10:13-17).
Encountering God through Expository Preaching is an oasis in the desert of pragmatic, consumer-driven evangelicalism. In this book, authors Ryan Fullerton, Brian Payne, and Jim Scott Orrick provide a biblical defense of Expository Preaching and teach us how to be better preachers.
They define Expository Preaching in the following way: “Preaching occurs when a holy man of God opens the Word of God and says to the people of God,
“Come and experience God with me in this text.” The entire book is the unpacking of this loaded statement. This book is deeply theological, but also imminently practical. It deals with things such as context, delivery, preparation, manuscript vs. outline, and more. But from cover to cover, this book “bleeds bibline”. I believe that this book is a must-read for preachers, and is extremely valuable for anyone that communicates the Word of God.