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Give Them Christ


IVP 2012

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Much preaching today begins with the hearer's “felt needs” and then moves to how Christianity can solve those problems. But this approach often results in trite Christologies that merely use Jesus as a means to an end or a vehicle for self-improvement. While preachers might not dispense with Christ altogether, other things subtly take center stage and become more important than Christ himself.

Pastoral theologian Stephen Seamands issues a stirring call to rediscover the centrality of Christ in preaching. Deftly blending doctrine and praxis, he revitalizes preaching by focusing on five key dimensions of Jesus' work: his incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension and return. Seamands highlights how preaching Christ crucified and risen speaks profoundly to the deepest dimensions of human existence. Addressing both the “what” and the “so what,” this exposition helps church leaders declare afresh that Christ alone is supremely sufficient for Christian faith and practice.

Pastors and preachers will find here significant resources for their churches' worship, life together and mission in the world. Become captivated once again by the glory of Christ and find yourself compelled to proclaim his work anew.

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Key Features

  • Emphasizes the need for a ground theology of Christ in the task of preaching
  • Presents a compelling account of how Christ can be made central in formation and communication of the sermon
  • Grounds his theology of preaching in the “Message of the Cross”


  • Christ Above All
  • Preaching the Incarnation
  • Preaching the Cross: Social Evil, Victory, Dying with Christ
  • Preaching the Resurrection: New Creation, Lordship, Vindication
  • Preaching the Resurrection: Church, Salvation, Life Everlasting
  • Preaching the Ascension
  • Preaching the Return of Christ

Praise for the Print Edition

With this book, Steve Seamands calls pastors and congregations to remember that Jesus Christ is the heart of the gospel, and not just a means we use to carry out and advance the mission of the gospel. Guided by his love for both theology and the church, Seamands challenges the contemporary trend to offer "Christianity without Christ" and offers instead a well-argued and clearly articulated presentation of the gospel as it is manifested in the whole witness of Scripture. Seamands thus helps us to see how preaching and theology continue to need each other if the church is to be faithful to its calling. This timely work will provide wisdom and encouragement to all who long to see a renewal of preaching in our time.

—Michael Pasquarello III, Granger E. and Anna A. Fisher Professor of Preaching, Asbury Theological Seminary

As a preacher and a teacher of preachers I am profoundly encouraged by Give Them Christ. Seamands has called the pulpit to meet the needs of a generation largely without knowledge of Christian doctrine. Concentrating on the doctrines related to the person of Christ, he demonstrates not only the importance of doctrine but also how exciting and winsome such preaching can be. He offers sound scholarship delivered with passion.

—J. Ellsworth Kalas, professor of homiletics, Asbury Theological Seminary

Nothing is more important than for pastors to lift up Christ in their preaching. Here is a book designed to help them do exactly that--in a way that will help their congregations understand the significance of what Christ has done for their personal lives and their life together.

—Jim Garlow, senior pastor, Skyline Wesleyan Church

Product Details

  • Title: Give Them Christ: Preaching His Incarnation, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension and Return
  • Author: Stephen Seamands
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Preaching

About Stephen Seamands

Stephen Seamands (PhD, Drew University) is professor of Christian doctrine at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He also frequently speaks and leads retreats and seminars on such issues as emotional healing and spiritual renewal. His books include Christology and Transition in the Theology of Edwin Lewis (University Press of America, 1987), Holiness of Heart and Life (Abingdon, 1990), A Conversation with Jesus (Victor, 1994), and Wounds That Heal (InterVarsity Press, 2003).

Sample Pages from the Print Edition