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Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon, 3rd ed.

ISBN: 9781493418503



In this complete guide to expository preaching, Bryan Chapell teaches the basics of preparation, organization, and delivery—the trademarks of great preaching. This new edition of a bestselling resource, now updated and revised throughout, shows how Chapell’s case for expository preaching reaches twenty-first-century readers.

This complete guide to expository preaching teaches the basics of preparation, organization, and delivery—the trademarks of great preaching. With the help of charts and creative learning exercises, Chapell shows how expository preaching can reveal the redemptive aims of Scripture and offers a comprehensive approach to the theory and practice of preaching. He also provides help for special preaching situations.

Key Features

  • Contains insights and research from the best thinkers in contemporary homiletics
  • Explores how to preach expository messages that mine the grace from all Scripture
  • Focuses on themes of authority and redemption


Part 1: Principles for Expository Preaching

  • Word and Witness
  • Obligations of the Sermon
  • The Priority of the Text
  • Components of Exposition

Part 2: Preparation of Expository Sermons

  • The Process of Explanation
  • Outlining and Structure
  • The Pattern of Illustration
  • The Practice of Application
  • Introductions, Conclusions, and Transitions

Part 3: A Theology of Christ-Centered Messages

  • A Redemptive Approach to Preaching
  • Developing Redemptive Sermons

Praise for the Print Edition

Bryan Chapell’s Christ-Centered Preaching was a pathbreaking book in 1994. While some writers had been urging preachers to treat every text within the redemptive flow of biblical history—always culminating in Jesus Christ—this book was the first one to tell us how to do it. Though one of many classic manuals on expository preaching, it has always been the most detailed, analytic, practical, and comprehensive of them all. This third edition has been updated to address current issues and challenges preachers face and includes many new resources, only making this volume more invaluable.

—Tim Keller, pastor emeritus, the Redeemer Presbyterian Churches of New York City

One of my favorite books on preaching just got even better! In this classic text on the foundations for Christ-centered expository preaching, Dr. Chapell serves us in a number of ways. He articulates the essential theological convictions for Christ-centered exposition, and he also walks the reader through the practical process of sermon preparation. As you follow this seasoned pastor and scholar, you will learn to read the Bible with a sensitivity to the character of God who provides redemption and the nature of humanity who needs redemption; to study the text with both a magnifying glass and a wide-angle lens; and to give people real and lasting hope in every sermon. Not only will these insights improve your preaching, but you will also find yourself in moments of worship as you consider the unsearchable riches of Christ’s grace.

Tony Merida, pastor for preaching and vision, Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, North Carolina; author of The Christ-Centered Expositor

‘Good, better, best!’ That is how I describe editions one, two, and three of Bryan Chapell’s Christ-Centered Preaching. The insights, wisdom, prescriptions, and balance that have for decades made this our foundational preaching textbook at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School have been updated, clarified, reinforced, nuanced, and thoroughly documented. Dr. Chapell expertly and seamlessly includes more material throughout. I especially value his reinforcements to those parts of expository preaching that need extra attention just now, namely studying the biblical text itself and preaching Christ without distorting or neglecting how God designed the chosen preaching portion to function. I am eager for my students—and every serious preacher--to read this new edition and let its rich and comprehensive contribution bear lasting fruit in faithful preaching.

—Greg R. Scharf, professor of homiletics, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Product Details

  • Title: Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon, Third Edition
  • Authors: Bryan Chapell
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Pages: 448
  • Resource Type: Monographs
  • Topic: Preaching

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Bryan Chapell

Dr. Bryan Chapell is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois and president emeritus at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has served in leadership capacities since 1985. Dr. Chapell is an internationally renowned preacher, teacher, and speaker, and the author of many books, including Christ-Centered WorshipEach for the OtherHoliness by GracePraying BackwardsThe Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach, and Christ-Centered Preaching, a preaching textbook now in multiple editions and many languages that has established him as one of the nation’s foremost teachers of homiletics. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.

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  1. Brian Nulf

    Brian Nulf


  2. Greg Balzer

    Greg Balzer


    Looking forward to this being published in Logos. Chapell is a joy to read - his use of imagery in his writing makes his key points easy to remember. For example - regarding the need for "unity' in preaching - Chapell states it is easier to catch a baseball than a handful of sand. For those as easily distracted as I - Chapell's use of language serves as good medicine.