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Effective First-Person Biblical Preaching

, 2005
ISBN: 9780310591412

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First-person biblical preaching is a creative way to reach people who tune out traditional sermons.

A large portion of the Bible is narrative. This fact, coupled with our culture’s fascination with story (as evidenced by its ever-increasing consumption of television, movies, and DVDs), presents the preacher with a tremendous opportunity to communicate powerful, life-changing truth in a way that is biblically honoring and culturally relevant.

In first-person biblical preaching, the preacher enters into the story via one of the characters, bringing the biblical text to life in the imaginations of the congregation. After making a case for this type of sermon, Kent Edwards takes the reader step-by-step through the process of crafting a dynamic first-person sermon that is faithful to the text. Along the way, he gives numerous examples, answers practical questions, and identifies pitfalls to avoid. He addresses both the exegetical task and the homiletical task as they relate to this approach.

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  • Forward by Haddon W. Robinson
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Appendixes contain examples of narrative preaching by J. Kent Edwards, Don Sunakjian, and Alice Matthews
  • Part 1: Steps in the Exegetical Task
  • Part 2: Steps in the Homiletical Task
  • Part 3: Questions and Alternatives
  • Appendix 1: Examples of Narrative Preaching
  • Appendix 2: Implementation Worksheets
  • Indexes
Not only details the means of preparation for first-person sermons, but for narrative sermons of every description.

—Kenton C. Anderson, ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University

How we communicate in our emerging culture is of critical importance, and this book gives wonderful and practical insights on how to do this.

—Dan Kimball, author of The Emerging Church

What a refreshing new marriage of biblical authority and compelling homiletics!

—Calvin Miller, Beeson Divinity School

  • Title: Effective First-Person Biblical Preaching: The Steps from Text to Narrative Sermon
  • Author: J. Kent Edwards
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Print Publication Date: 2005
  • Logos Release Date: 2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Narrative preaching; Preaching › Narrative preaching
  • ISBNs: 9780310591412, 0310591414
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.sermons
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-29T23:38:11Z
J. Kent Edwards

Dr. Kent Edwards’ ambition is to change people’s lives with the Word of God and equip others to do the same. Dr. Edwards is known for his passion for preaching, and brings over 30 years of Christian leadership experience, both as a senior pastor and a church planter. He is a popular conference and seminar speaker and regularly lectures nationally and internationally.

Dr. Edwards is the tenured professor of preaching and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; the founding pastor of Oasis Community Church in Yorba Linda, California; and the founder and president of CrossTalk Global. He directed the Doctor of Ministry programs at Talbot School of Theology and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for 13 years while serving as executive board member of the Association for Doctor of Ministry Education, as well as founder and editor of The Journal of Christian Ministry. Dr. Edwards is past president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society, and the author of two award-winning books: Effective First-Person Biblical Preaching (Zondervan, 2005) and Deep Preaching (Broadman & Holman, 2009).

Dr. Edwards earned his Bachelor of Theology from Ambrose University, his MDiv from Tyndale Seminary, his DMin from Denver Seminary, and his PhD in intercultural education from Biola University. His DMin dissertation focused on communicating Old Testament narrative literature, while his PhD dissertation was on effective intercultural leadership.

Dr. Edwards has been married to his wife, Nola, for 32 years. They have two sons, Nathan (25) and Jonathan (22).


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  1. Richard



    You need courage to preach a first person sermon.