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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Christian Focus Publications
Publication Date: 2013
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Like many things in life, the skill of good preaching is 95% perspiration and 5% inspiration. Alec Motyer's guide is based on a multitude of sermons over many years of preaching in many different situations, a recipe to help you know your subject and to pull the pieces together into a winning sermon. Preaching is a privilege: let Alec help you reach out and make the best of the gifts God has given you.
This is an excellent book. Those who have recently started to preach should read it as soon as possible; it will help them avoid foolish mistakes and a lot of wasted time. Those who have been preaching for some time should also read it- while there is still time to do it better!
... written with the twinkly wisdom of a true veteran. This is a practical and inspiring look at the subject of preaching... thought-provoking and challenging.
I find it hard to imagine a more exciting book on preaching. It's the distilled wisdom of a veteran Old Testament scholar, full of wisdom and great outlines on scripture. It's ideal for both regular preachers and those just starting out. It's one of those books that will spawn sermon series in the reader's mind.
Alec Motyer is a man of the Bible... The book is very helpful to both the novice as well as the veteran preacher. I highly recommend the book.
whiteninjaAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Simple but not simplistic, great for preachersMay 27, 2014whiteninjaAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Alec Motyer sets out in this very small but useful book to help preachers or would be preachers to have a good grasp of what preaching is like and should be. Don't expect to find anything fancy here, it's the usual steps that you will find in most books on preaching.
However, this book does set the tone in the beginning that preaching is HARD work. And no preaching does not just "come out". Good preaching comes when you work hard at trying to understand the text, finding/thinking of relevant application and presenting it in a clear and memorable way.
Motyer slowly guides the reader along as though we took at peek at him preparing his sermon in the study. Motyer first reminds us that our sermons must always be driven by the Bible (text) and nothing else. The preacher's job is first and foremost to explain what the text mean.
He then reminds us that the focus of the bible is Christ, and that we ought to be christ-centered in our preaching also. He also shows us how should not moralise (especially) the Old Testament characters.
Motyer teaches us really simple steps while preparing the sermon. First read the text, then note down the important phrases or points within the passage, next using a concordance find the meaning of some of these words (especially those you're struggling to understand). Following which you work on the structure of the text, the presentation and application.
What the could be improved in this book could be to add some exercises that a person could do at the end of every chapter. Don't get me wrong, this is not a theoretical book, it does contain many useful and helpful outlines on various passages done by the author himself. But, I do think that doing the exercises at the end would really drive the point home. This however, is just a minor issue within the book. It's still is very practical and helpful to any preacher.
This really is a small and easy book, it'll be a good refresher course for preachers who have been preaching for some time. There is always a danger of slowly changing our sermons so that we can have a "better response". This book would help remain them the main scope of preaching, and also to encourage them to remain the course. Second, this would be a good primer for anyone who is intending to preach, no technical terms are used, and chapters are small and easily digestible. Added inside is also some reading plans that churches could use to help the congregation mediate on relevant text before coming on a sunday to hear the word of God preached.
Jimmy ReaganWest Union, OHAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great read!November 22, 2013Jimmy ReaganWest Union, OHAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Would you like some real help on preaching? Then this volume is for you. It truly lives up to its subtitle, "simple teaching on simple preaching."
Motyer, author of several helpful commentaries, has lived the life of an expositor. Every paragraph shows that to be true. You can almost feel him sitting in his study talking to you. What he says is worth hearing.
He says, "a sermon is like baking a cake." You get your ingredients and go to the study as the oven. He is right. He gives proper perspective when he says, "The supreme kingship of The Lord Jesus Christ must ever be our most sensitive concern, and nothing must usurp His authority." We let the Bible have its place in preaching to accomplish this key element.
He goes through the preaching process piece by piece. He explains how we study the key words and develop an exposition. Again, he highlights how we must stick to the Word. "The power of an expository ministry arises from bringing out what is there", he rightfully proclaims.
From there he goes through examination, analysis, and finding your orientation. There is real practical help throughout. By that I mean, thoughtful pointers about how it is done. I especially enjoyed him expertly leading us through harvesting and presentation. His thoughts on making application and closing are balanced.
I have the privilege of owning and having read most of the well known volumes on preaching and this book is worthy of taking its place beside them to me. Five stars all the way!
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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