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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“An FCF need not be something for which we are guilty or culpable. It simply needs to be an aspect or problem of the human condition that requires the instruction, admonition, and/or comfort of Scripture. Thus, an FCF is always phrased in negative terms. It is something wrong (though not necessarily a moral evil) that needs correction or encouragement from Scripture.” (Pages 51–52)
“An expository unit is a large or a small portion of Scripture from which a preacher can demonstrate a single spiritual truth with adequate supporting facts or concepts arising within the scope of the text.” (Page 61)
“An FCF determines the real subject of a message by revealing the Holy Spirit’s purpose(s) in inspiring a passage.9 Ultimately, a sermon is about how a text says we are to respond biblically to the FCF as it is experienced in our lives—identifying the gracious means that God provides for us to deal with the human brokenness that deprives us of the full experience and expression of his glory.” (Pages 50–51)
“A sermon is an explanation of the continuing truth principles evident in the Bible that indicate how contemporary persons should respond to a mutual condition we share with those who were the original subjects or recipients of the text in the light of God’s response to or provision for their situation.” (Page 106)
“Key concept: Without the ‘so what?’ we preach to a ‘who cares?’” (Page 52)
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
David J Cadenhead