Instead of advocating a new method of preaching, Greg Scharf delineates common obstacles that prevent the preacher from connecting with his audience, then proposes strategies for real communication. He also discusses what it means to be a spokesperson for God. Cross-referenced with Bryan Chapell's Christ-Centered Preaching.
Much evangelical preaching fails to recognize that preachers speak for the same God who once spoke through prophets and apostles. Thus sermon preparation and delivery are weighty responsibilities that can be richly blessed despite a preachers weaknesses. Uniting theological encouragement with practical advice, Greg Scharf identifies eight common bottlenecks that can clog a sermons fruitfulness and faithfulnesshumanly speakingand gives diagnoses, strategies for addressing the problems, and exercises to overcome them. This is not a simplistic how-to book. Seminary students, occasional preachers, and seasoned pastors will be given profound tools and insights for preaching faithfully, clearly, and applicably, all while being reminded to pray for the Holy Spirits anointing of their work. A cross reference allows the book to be easily used alongside Bryan Chapells Christ-Centered Preaching.
Greg R. Scharf (DMin, MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is chair of the pastoral theology department and professor of homiletics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is a past president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and was previously pastor to three congregations in three countries.