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Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon, 2nd ed.

ISBN: 9781441254351
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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.

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This is the best book on expository preaching I have read since Haddon Robinson's Biblical Preaching. . . [It] will be in the classrooms and on the desks of preachers for years to come.

—Timothy S. Warren, Bibliotheca Sacra

This is an outstanding tool for students of homiletics. It is the best I have seen on this subject. The book crystallizes the essence of expository preaching and presents clear, transferable principles for preaching effectively. The book itself is structured in a lucid, readable format.

—R. C. Sproul, founder and chairman, Ligonier Ministries

  • Title: Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon
  • Author: Bryan Chapell
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 400
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. Sis Sharisse Twigg
  2. Billy Avery

    Billy Avery


  3. Greg Balzer

    Greg Balzer


    One of the best books I have read in the last five years. Whether you desire to be a more effective preacher, or just want to be more aware of the importance of the grace of God in living the Christian life, this book by Bryan Chapell is highly recommended. And on a related note - the CM151 Mobile Learning Course is even more effective than the book as it adds Bryan teaching these same concepts via video. Highly recommended.

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  6. Arthur John Roger
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  7. Reg Givens

    Reg Givens


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  10. David J Cadenhead
    I do not like to echo prior reviews or statements but the comparison of Bryan Chapell's Christ Centered Preaching to ANYTHING will fall out with Chappell's Expository Preaching Guide on the top save Haddon Robinson's Biblical Preaching, and D. Martin Lloyd Jones' Preaching and Preachers. The comparisons aren't exact, as Chappell's formulae and rationale, differs what from Haddon Robinson's style,and"Breakdown , eloquently explored by Lloyd Jones. Chappell's is easier to mold to today's listener. When studied with the Hardest Sermons You Will Ever Have to Preach (Chappell), this book clearly levitates.

  11. Whyndell Grizzard
    This is great material!!!

  12. Aaron Baldridge
  13. sebastien valade
  14. Gary Shirley

    Gary Shirley


  15. Rev. Dr. Courtney O Lackard
  16. David Leslie Bond
  17. James C.

    James C.


    Christ Centered Preaching by Bryan Chapell is a book about homiletics and hermeneutics. The book is separated into three parts and has a total of 11 chapters. There are also 12 Appendixes. The book is a hefty 400 pages long. Section 1 covers principles for expository preaching. I found this section extremely helpful. I also found myself reading this section very quickly. One thing that stuck out to me in this section comes from chapter 1. On page 25 the author says “…the goal of preaching is not merely to impart information but to provide the means of transformation ordained by a sovereign God that will affect the lives and destines of eternal souls committed to a preacher’s spiritual care.” Very helpful and powerful. Section 2 covers preparation of expository sermons. This is the practical nuts and bolts section. I had no problem reading chapter 5 which is the first chapter in this section but I found myself getting bogged down with chapters 6-9 that complete this section. It might have been me but I really did have a hard time reading through this section. The information and explanations were very good but for some reason I slowed and even stalled a few times. Section 3 covers a theology of Christ centered messages. Here is again where I was able to dive in and read quickly and enjoyed what was written. Again very helpful information and lots of things to think about for example on page 312 the author writes “In Christ-centered preaching, the rules of Christian obedience do not change; the reasons do. Believers are exhorted to serve God in response to his sure mercy rather than in payment for his conditional favor.” The appendixes cover topics such as “A philosophy of delivery and dress” to “Methods of preparation” and there is even a sample sermon as the last appendix. This is a wonderful book on preaching and sermon prep well worth reading and rereading. Anyone who is a preacher or is preparing to be a full/part time preach really should read this book and listen to the lectures. Highly recommended!!

  18. Richard E Powell
    Readers will be blessed by the author's high view of Scripture and commitment to a biblical theology of Christ's redemption. Chapell makes a compelling case that expository preaching is the most fruitful way of proclaiming the truths of Scripture. He is correct in his contention that biblical authority has been eroded in the minds of modern people and that much preaching merely exhorts people to try harder in their efforts to please God. The result of weak preaching is a man-centered theology that reduces God to a self-help guru. Thus, Chapell centers his book on the ideas of authority and redemption (p. 18). The authority of God's Word is revealed and the call to God's saving and sustaining grace is presented through expository preaching. He contends that every passage in some way points to man's fallen condition and Christ's redemption. Chapell is correct to note that not every text is explicitly centered on the cross, but that the grace is God revealed in the cross can be applied to every situation of life. Another benefit to readers of this work is that Chapell offers chapter review questions, and practical instructions and exercises for crafting Christ-centered sermons.