Preaching By The Book: Developing And Delivering Text-Driven Sermons
I am not a preacher, so it might surprise you to see a review of Preaching By The Book: Developing And Delivering Text-Driven Sermons by R. Scott Pace pop up on my blog. As a matter of fact, I hesitated on whether or not I should I pick up a copy of this book for that very reason. But – after weeks of hemming and hawing over the matter, I am so glad that I did. While this book is written specifically for pastors who are preaching the Word of God from the pulpit, Preaching By The Book also deserves a place on the shelves of any Christian writer, teacher, speaker or leader who handles the Word of God as part of their ministry!
As you might expect, Preaching By The Book provides you with an outline and a framework for developing sermons, but more importantly, it provides you with spiritual guidance on how to approach God’s Word. While practical tips for sermon preparation are nice, I’m glad to see that this book is less of a technical treatise on how to preach well and more of a spiritual handbook of how-to prepare your heart and mind as you read God’s Word and prepare your message.
Preaching By The Book is concise (just over 100 pages) and easy to read, but as you go through the seven steps, I recommend that you take the time to read the illustrations and use the book as a personal Bible Study:
- Begin with prayer.
- Read the passage.
- Discover the point.
- Study the parts.
- Identify the precepts.
- Apply the principles.
- Develop our plan.
Preaching By The Book is a wonderful book that I highly recommend to you!
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
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