The high point of the book remains the sufficiency of Christ and his glory as the chief note of preaching. Chapell does not reject all exemplary preaching outright, but he helpfully observes that exemplary preaching alone is not sufficient and that even the best human heroes in Scripture are flawed. As a pastor, I found myself at times vacillating between poles when I read this book. At times I probably over-scrutinized how many different introductions should one sermon have?
At times I was scouring the book with the determination to labor to improve my preaching, and at other times I read devotionally with the trust that God works through his proclaimed Word regardless of the preacher. While these tensions no doubt stem from me as a reader, I trust that they also point to a book that is instructive and convicting, challenging and comforting.
And although this book is more geared toward those who will preach, the sermons are indeed an encouragement for any who desire to look away from themselves to Christ.
Reviewed by Micah McCormick Bryan Chapell, long time pastor and seminary professor, writes Christ-Centered Sermons in order to provide examples of the principles he wrote about in his book, Christ-Centered Preaching. Gibson , Haddon W. He unpacks principles from his classic Christ-Centered Preaching in a dazzling range of his own sermons in which we can read his helpful commentary.
Preachers are in his debt. This book is for those interested in being biblically grounded in their preparation while remaining fresh and creative in their presentation. A good beginning is to grasp key principles and practices to be applied in crafting such rich and relevant messages.
But watching a gifted preacher in action turns sound theory into transformative coaching. This collection is the next best thing to sitting across from Dr.
- Essence of Prayer (Hiddenspring);
- The Context of Explanation (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science).
- Christ-Centered Sermons: Models of Redemptive Preaching – Covenanter Bookshop;
Chapell in his pastoral study and hearing him talk through his process for composing sermons. Johnson , Westminster Seminary California.