Look over the shoulder of a preaching master as he provides immense wisdom on how to make Jesus Christ the beating heart of every sermon.
Bryan Chapell is a preaching phenomenon. Not only does he excel in the pulpit, his understanding of the methodology and other processes that go into crafting a sermon are unsurpassed. Christ-Centered Sermons is the third volume in an informal series that includes Christ-Centered Preaching and Christ-Centered Worship. Here Chapell provides concrete examples of how Chapell's approach is fleshed out in various types of sermons and various genres of the Bible.
Example sermons not only demonstrate different approaches but also are analyzed for pedagogical purposes, helping readers move from theory to practice. Thus, Christ-Centered Sermons allows students and preachers to work with Chapell as he prepares these messages and in doing so teaches you how to construct your own expository sermons that communicate grace and truth from both the Old and New Testaments.
Highly regarded preacher and teacher Bryan Chapell shows readers how he has prepared expository sermons according to the principles he developed in his bestselling Christ-Centered Preaching. This companion volume provides concrete examples of how Chapell's approach is fleshed out in various types of sermons and various genres of the Bible. The example sermons not only demonstrate different approaches but also are analyzed for pedagogical purposes, helping readers move from theory to practice. In essence, the book allows students and preachers to look over Chapell's shoulder as he prepares these messages to learn how to construct their own expository sermons that communicate grace and truth from both the Old and New Testaments.
Bryan Chapell (PhD, Southern Illinois University) is senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois. He previously served as chancellor, president, and professor of practical theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and continues to teach at Covenant, Knox, Reformed, Trinity, and other seminaries nationally and internationally. He is a widely traveled speaker and the author of numerous books, including the bestseller Christ-Centered Preaching, Christ-Centered Worship, and Holiness by Grace.
Bryan Chapell's Christ-Centered Sermons is an important contribution to the field of homiletics. In it Chapell applies the biblical theology of Christ-Centered Preaching in helpful and well-explained examples that underscore the author's own skill and insight.
-Scott M. Gibson,
Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching and Ministry and director of the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
With skill and imagination Bryan Chapell teaches us to preach what we practice. 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. Rarely does a homiletician open up his mind and heart so generously. Preachers are in his debt. Again.
Koller Professor of Preaching and Communication, Northern Seminary
What a privilege it is for the reader of this volume to have access to the blueprints of a premier architect of expository preaching. In Christ-Centered Preaching Bryan Chapell provided principles; he said what he saw. In Christ-Centered Sermons Chapell provides examples of sermons that bring his principles to life; we can see what he said. This book is for those interested in being biblically grounded in their preparation while remaining fresh and creative in their presentation.
-Robert Smith Jr.,
professor of divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
It is no easy task to preach sermons that exposit a biblical text faithfully, rightly connect it to Christ, and address hearers' deep needs for God's radical grace, all while communicating clearly and vividly. 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 is what Bryan Chapell's Christ-Centered Sermons offers to his fellow preachers. This collection is the next best thing to sitting across from Dr. Chapell in his pastoral study and hearing him talk through his process for composing sermons. If you have said to yourself, 'Yes, I must preach Christ and his grace from every passage of Scripture, but how?', these sermons and the strategic comments surrounding them point the way.
-Dennis E. Johnson,
professor of practical theology, Westminster Seminary California