People in churches today are hungry for a word from God. Preachers need to prepare and deliver sound biblical sermons that connect with their audience in a meaningful way. Whether you are a student new to preaching or a veteran looking to brush up your preaching skills, here is a valuable resource.
Good preaching begins with good exegesis. Preaching God’s Word walks you through the steps of the “Interpretive Journey” from the biblical text to contemporary application:
While the science of solid biblical interpretation is essential to effective preaching, it must be married to the art of contemporary communication in order to bring the message home. Preaching God’s Word also shows you how to understand your audience, develop powerful applications, use illustrations well, and deliver the sermon effectively. The concluding chapters discuss the unique preaching challenges presented by the various biblical genres, providing interpretive keys, things to avoid, and numerous examples.
“Most effective sermons include the following: a reading of the text, introduction, text explanation, main points, illustrations, applications, and conclusion.” (Page 26)
“When preaching New Testament letters you need to re-create the historical situation of the letter for the contemporary audience so that your listeners think and feel what the biblical audience must have been experiencing.” (Page 178)
“First, letters were considered to be substitutes for the personal presence of the author” (Page 172)
“Remember, the goal of our preaching is to translate the meaning of the text in the time of the biblical audience to the meaning of the text in our time, connecting this meaning in a relevant and contemporary way.” (Page 26)
“Inductive sermons move from specific truths, examples, or ideas (particulars) in the text to the general truth of the sermon, which is normally revealed at or near the end of each unit in the sermon or at the end of the sermon itself.” (Page 34)
Carter, Duvall, and Hays have given us a basic and worthy manual of how-to’s for preaching. Never since Haddon Robinson’s classic text has a book taken such a practical and understandable, step-by-step approach to the sermon.
—Calvin Miller, Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School
In a day when the church-world is lulled into complacency by sermons that are little more than entertaining homilies on good values and fix-it paradigms, here is a guide to proclamation the way it was meant to be . . . biblical, understandable, and transforming.
—Joseph M. Stowell, Teaching Pastor, Harvest Bible Church; Former President, Moody Bible Institute
Terry G. Carter is chair of the department of Christian ministries and holder of the W.O. Vaught Chair in the Pruet School of Christian Studies at Ouachita Baptist University. He teaches homiletics, pastoral ministry, Christian history, evangelism and church growth, missions, and survey of the Bible. He is author of The Journal and Selected Letters of William Carey.
J. Scott Duvall is professor of New Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the coauthor with George H. Guthrie of Biblical Greek Exegesis: A Graded Approach to Learning Intermediate and Advanced Greek and with Terry G. Carter and J. Daniel Hays of the textbook Preaching God's Word: A Hands on Approach to Preparing, Developing and Delivering the Sermon.
J. Daniel Hays is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and professor of Old Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author of From Every People and Nation, and he has coauthored Grasping God's Word; Preaching God's Word; Journey into God’s Word; The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology; Iraq: Babylon of the End Times?; Apocalypse; and The Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy. He teaches adult Sunday school at his local church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and preaches frequently throughout the nation.