Preaching is one of the pillars of the pastoral ministry. Part of the spiritual maturity and growth of the local church is related to preaching. Expository preaching is still considered the most effective way to prepare and deliver a sermon.
Literature about expository preaching is abundant. One can have the feeling that everything has already been said about this topic, but the truth is that there are many things to be said about expository preaching. The book Engaging Exposition, by Daniel L. Akin, Bill Curtis, and Stephen Rummage (B&H), is one of those books that can help every pastor and preacher to gain insight and skills in terms of preaching.
The book is divided into three main sections, each one of them written by one of the three authors. Section one (Bill Curtis) has to do with hermeneutics. No effective sermon can be preached unless the preacher has done an appropriate interpretation of the text. Context, genre, and the main idea of the text are some of the themes addressed in this first section.
Second section (Daniel L. Akin) is a continuation of the previous section. Akin deals with the outline, introduction, and application, among other topics. This section has to do with the mechanical process of preparing an effective sermon. Akin includes every aspect involved in the process of integrating hermeneutics (section one) and outlining the sermon.
Third section (Rummage) is devoted to delivering the sermon. One can prepare an excellent sermon, but it also needs an excellent delivery. Rummage offers great points related to every single aspect involved in delivering a sermon. He focuses on the need of preaching in a way that makes sense and is appropriate for our audience. This section includes a chapter that deals with how to present a sermon using visual resources such as software, which is very appropriate for XXI century preachers.
If you are an experienced pastor and think you already know everything about expository preaching, outlines, introductions, conclusions, etc., then this book is for you. This book takes readers to a higher level in sermon preparation and delivery and allows preachers to experience a boost in terms of preaching. Highly recommendable, a must have for pastors, preachers, and hopefully, for seminary students.
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