Do pastors and church leaders today really need a wake-up call to return to the apostolic priorities of preaching and prayer as the primary means to accomplish church growth? In an age in which the church has become infatuated with pragmatism, success models, sociological methodologies, management techniques and marketing, the answer is a resounding "Yes." The goal of this book is to exhort and encourage pastors and church leaders to escape the full court press of expediency and to restart as offense of biblical priorities and methods. The church will not impact society until she regains her love for preaching and a no-compromise commitment to sound, biblical exposition.
The value of this is that it not only shows us where the problems are but gives us a healthy reminder of the essentiality of prayer and preaching.
“If you are a preacher you must expect spiritual assaults, and you must prepare for conflict and contention against your preaching.” (Page 39)
“Strategy number three: destroy the church by distracting her preachers from prayer and preaching” (Page 40)
“Strategy number two: ruin the church and the integrity of her message by moral corruption” (Page 40)
“ Minister the Word Publicly and Privately to Individuals, Families and Large Groups” (Page 96)
“No ‘ifs’, ‘buts’ or ‘maybes’. Preaching and prayer are ‘prime-time’ for you” (Page 41)
Dave Eby has put his finger on something very crucial, namely the absence of any emphasis on preaching in the Church Growth Movement...its focus on the book of Acts is compelling.
—John Piper, Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota
It offers no ‘quick fix' for the church in our day, but it does call us back to be preachers of the word, dependent upon God. The author states: "I want to motivate pastors to return to the glorious task of prayer-bathed proclamation as the primary means of church growth". Such a clarion call is desperately needed as the church approaches a new millennium of evangelism.
—Iain D. Campbell, Minister, Point Free Church of Scotland, Isle of Lewis