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How Effective Sermons Begin


Christian Focus 2008

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Ben Awbrey focuses on the most neglected parts of the sermon—where it all begins! Gain help in the following stages of your sermon:

  • Must hear Preaching
  • Introducing the sermon
  • Getting Attention
  • Securing Interest
  • Stating the purpose
  • Setting the context
  • The Sermon Proposition

This volume on preaching is suitable for all levels of experience!

Key Features

  • Guides to effective, Spirit-led sermon preparation
  • Techniques for preaching that promotes church growth and vitality

Praise for the Print Edition

The three ‘undervalued' components of expository sermon preparation include introductions, illustrations and conclusions... In all of my considerable reading over a lifetime on biblical exposition, this excellent volume on ‘introductions' by Dr. Ben Awbrey proves to be the most thorough and complete that I have ever encountered.

—Richard Mayhue, Senior Vice-President, The Master's Seminary, Sun Valley, California

. . . .there is no shortage of strategists and innovators in the evangelical community who think that they have better ways for reaching the culture than by preaching God's Word. Ben Awbrey knows better than that... I have long appreciated his desire to help other preachers make the most of their gifts and calling. His insights have proved invaluable to hundreds of pastors and young preachers.

—John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California

Product Details

  • Title: How Effective Sermons Begin
  • Author: Ben Awbrey
  • Publisher: Christian Focus
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 384

About Ben Awbrey

Ben Awbrey is Assistant Professor of Preaching at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri. He has been a pastor in Oklahoma and Louisiana and studied at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Talbot Theological Seminary, and Central State University.

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