Preach the Word!: The Call and Challenge of Preaching Today by Greg Haslam
A wide range of outstanding teachers, preachers and communicators were invited to share their skills, wisdom and strongest convictions on a host of themes related to this great task, and a large number of delegates gathered each month at Westminster Chapel, London to give them an enthusiastic hearing. The transcripts of these teaching sessions have been edited and distilled into this outstanding single volume. "Preach the Word!" is the guide on preaching and includes: technicalities of teaching; historical perspectives; different preaching styles; and, modern day approaches.
Greg Haslam felt called to the pastoral ministry in 1969 under the preaching of John R.W Stott when attending the Keswick Convention in Cumbria, England. He later studied Theology and History at Durham University and, after two years as a teacher, trained for the ministry at the London Theological Seminary. Following 21 years as Pastor of Winchester Family Church he became the minister of Westminster Chapel, London, in March 2002.
Table of Contents
Foreword About Greg Haslam Details of ContributorsIntroduction SECTION ONE: PREACH THE WORD! Chapter 1 - Preach the Word! - Greg Haslam The Power of the WordGod's Voice in PreachingGod Anointed Men to PreachThe Prophetic Voice of PreachingPreaching in the Era of the Holy SpiritJesus' Commission to PreachPreachers of the WordThe Future of Preaching?Why Preaching is AilingSo, Why Preach?The Apostle Paul's Charge to UsChapter 2 - The Paradoxes of Preaching - John Stott Authentic Christian Preaching is Both Biblical and ContemporaryAuthentic Christian Preaching is Both Authoritative and TentativeAuthentic Christian Preaching is Both Prophetic and PastoralAuthentic Christian Preaching is Both Gifted and StudiedAuthentic Christian Preaching is Both Thoughtful and PassionateSummaryChapter 3 - The Place of Preaching in Church History - Liam Goligher Preaching in the BiblePreaching in the Post-apostolic PeriodPreaching Since ConstantinePreaching Since LutherThe Twentieth Century Until TodayChapter 4 - Introducing the Gift - Mark Stibbe What is the Gift of Teaching?Chapter 5 - The Book that Speaks for Itself: Interpreting the Bible - Liam Goligher Three AssumptionsThree ResourcesThree Principles for Interpreting the BibleChapter 6 - Learning from Jesus - Mark Stibbe Revelatory in ContentAnointed by the SpiritBiblical in its SourceAlways RelevantCompassionate in its MotivationVisual in its AppealVaried in its ApproachPractical in its ApplicationCourageous in its DirectnessPotent in its ImpactSECTION TWO: GOD MADE THEM GREAT Chapter 7 - God-centred Preaching - Michael Eaton What is Preaching?What Do We Preach?Chapter 8 - The Sacrament of the Word - Philip Greenslade What is Preaching?God-centred PreachingThe Need for, and Effect of, PreachingPreaching Prolongs the GospelPreaching Has the Power to Envision PropheticallyPreaching is a Political ActThe Priestly Act of PreachingChapter 9 - Preaching Through a Book of the Bible - Michael Eaton Is it Right to Preach Through a Book of the Bible?Ways of Preaching Through the BiblePractical Suggestions for Preaching Through the BiblePreaching Through the Bible Transforms UnderstandingChapter 10 - Preaching the Big Story - Philip Greenslade The Five LensesThree Implications of Preaching the Big StoryChapter 11 - Essential Ingredients of Popular Preaching - Greg Haslam What Makes a Good Sermon?Some Essential Ingredients of Best Preaching You Have HeardSome Essential Ingredients of the Best Preachers You Have HeardChapter 12 - Expository Preaching - Michael Eaton Discerning Our MinistryStudying God's WordMaking Use of the Resources AvailableGetting from Exegesis to ExpositionSECTION FOUR: RIGHTLY HANDLING THE WORD OF GOD Chapter 13 - Presenting the Word: A Preacher's Journey - David Pawson Testimony PreachingText PreachingTopic PreachingPassage PreachingBurden PreachingBook PreachingChapter 14 - Christ's Ascension Gifts - Terry Virgo ApostleProphetEvangelistChapter 15 - Presenting the Word: To the Whole Person - David PawsonHow to Involve the BodyHow to Interest the MindHow to Inspire the SpiritChapter 16 - Apostolic Preaching - Terry Virgo The Lordship of ChristThe Obedience of Faith'Christ in You, the Hope of Glory'A Supernatural CommunityThe Big StoryChapter 17 - Giving Ourselves to the Word and Prayer - Terry Virgo The Disciples' Commitment to the Word and PrayerJesus Modelled a Life of PrayerThe Importance of Prayer in PreachingOvercoming Hindrances to Our Prayer LifeStimulating the Faith of OthersPrioritising Prayer in Our ChurchesChapter 18 - Preaching the Prophets - David Pawson The Prophets' MessageHow Do We Apply the Prophets' Message Today?SECTION FOUR: THE ANOINTING TO PREACH Chapter 19 - Authority in Preaching - Greg Haslam The Nature of AuthorityThe Nature of the Preacher's AuthorityChapter 20 - Not in Word Only: The Work of the Holy Spirit in Preaching - Colin Dye The Work of the Holy Spirit in PreachingChapter 21 - Preaching for a Verdict and Response - Colin DyeThe Parable of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and the Lost SonPreaching with a PurposeChapter 22 - In Demonstration of the Spirit's Power - David Holden ImpartationWhat is the Holy Spirit Doing While I am Preaching?How Does the Involvement of the Holy Spirit Affect My Preaching?Does the Holy Spirit Ever Back Off My Preaching?Chapter 23 - Vision, Faith and Expectation in Preaching - Colin Dye'In Demonstration of the Spirit and of Power'In Dependence on God's PowerChapter 24 - Preaching to Change a Nation - David HoldenThe ChallengeHow Do I Preach to Change a Nation?SECTION FIVE: THE NUTS AND BOLTS Chapter 25 - Starting from Scratch - Chris WrightPaul, the Church BuilderEzra, the Community BuilderBody BuildersChapter 26 - Connecting with the Real World - Stuart Reid What is the Real World?Two RealitiesPreaching the Glory of the GospelChapter 27 - Preaching Life Issues: Work - Stuart ReidGetting Work in PerspectiveAll Work is 'Spiritual'God is a WorkerThe Danger of Loving Work Too MuchWorking for the LordChapter 28 - Preaching from Narrative - Chris Wright Preaching the Story of the BibleHow Does This Story Fit into the Big Story of the Bible?Why is This Story in the Bible?How Do Stories Actually Work?What Mistakes Do We Need to Avoid Making?Chapter 29 - Preaching to Youth - Mike Pilavachi We Need to Preach in the Context of RelationshipWe Need to Preach with Planned SpontaneityWe Need to Tell Our Story as it Relates to His StoryWe Need to Model Our Journey to Discoveringthe Truth of ScriptureWe Need to Speak Their LanguageWe Need to Provide an Answer to the Question 'So What?'Some ExamplesRethinking Our ApproachChapter 30 - Preaching Old Testament Law - Chris Wright 'All Scripture is God-breathed'The Law Was Founded on GraceThe Law Was Motivated by the Mission of GodThe Law Itself is Based on the Character of GodThe Law of Israel Was Intended to Be a Model or Paradigmfor the NationsThe Law is Good for UsHow Can We Find the Message of the Law Today?Chapter 31 - Preparing Talks: the Building Analogy - Greg Haslam Building the HouseChapter 32 - Thirteen Things I Wished I Had Known About Preaching - Jeff LucasThe Pulpit is a Highly Dangerous ZoneAt Least 25 per cent of the Preparation Time Should Be Spent on theFirst Three Minutes and the Last Three Minutes of the SermonDisinterested People Are Not Fish to HookThe Voice is Designed for VarietyPreachers Who Constantly Scan the Audience with Their Eyes Createthe Wrong ImpressionPeople Don't Normally Enjoy the Preaching if the Preacher Doesn't Seem to BeMixed Metaphors Can Be the Death of a Good SermonBad Habits and Reflex Words Are IrritatingRelevance is VitalNumber Your PointsThe Pulpit is Not a BunkerEnjoy the Journey of MinistryWhere the Setting is Appropriate, Always Leave Time for QuestionsSECTION SIX: UNITY AND MATURITY Chapter 33 - Preaching that Unites the Streams - Joel Edwards The Current LandscapeThe Bedrock of UnityChapter 34 - Changing Whole Churches and Whole Lives - Stuart Bell The Word of God Brings ChangeLooking for ChangeHanding the Faith onChapter 35 - Prophetic Preaching - Greg Haslam Is There a Prophet in the House?Prophetic Ministry in the New TestamentWhy is This Gift so Vital to the Church?The Distinguishing Marks of Prophetic Preachers and MinistriesChapter 36 - Pentecostal and Black Preaching - Doug Williams The Historical BackdropCommon Methods and Dynamics of Black PreachingThe Black SermonChapter 37 - Pastoral Preaching and Teaching - Stuart Bell Words of LifeWords of FreedomWords of ComfortWords of ChallengeChapter 38 - Preaching as Spiritual Warfare - Doug Williams The Flesh, the World and the DevilSpiritual StrongholdsThe Preparation of the PreacherSECTION 7: PREACHING INTO THE CULTURE Chapter 39 - Evangelistic Preaching - J. John It's Not What We Say, It's What They HearIt's Not Just What They Hear, It's What They SeeIt's Not Just the Message, It's the MeaningIt's Not Just the Truth but the Relevance of What We SayIt's Not What People Like About Our Talks and SermonsThat Matters, but What They DoChapter 40 - Apologetics and Preaching - Michael Ramsden To ReasonTo ExplainTo ProveTo PersuadeChapter 41 - Seasoning Your Sermons - J. John Aim to Hit the TargetChoose the Concrete, the Interesting and the UnpredictableWhen the Point is Obvious, Don't Illustrate itLeave an Audience Room to Think for ThemselvesUse Illustrations StrategicallyChoose the Right IllustrationConsider Your AudiencePut the Cherry on the CakeChapter 42 - Using Movies in Preaching - Mark Stibbe How to Use Movies in Presenting the GospelChapter 43 - Engaging with the Post-modern Generation - Michael Ramsden Visibility/InvisibilityExposed/HiddenHome and AwayWithin/WithoutIn Touch/Out of TouchRelevant/IrrelevantChapter 44 - The Prophetic Dimension - Mark Stibbe The 'This is That' DynamicDeveloping Prophetic PreachingSECTION EIGHT: THE MAKING OF A PREACHER Chapter 45 - The Call to Preach - Steve Brady The Divine, Impelling, Constraining CallIsaiah 6Chapter 46 - The Making of a Preacher - Jeff LucasWilling to Be ShapedPrepared to Suffer PainAble to Exercise FaithReady to Remember and Celebrate Our CallingAble to Deal with Success and FailureAble to Maintain Our Membership of the Human RaceChapter 47 - Growing and Maturing as a Preacher - Steve Brady The SPAR TreatmentInstructions to a Young Minister (1 Timothy 4)A Model of Ministerial ExcellenceThree Cardinal Rules for Preachers'Pray Yourself Hot'Stir Up Your Evangelistic FireChapter 48 - Narrative Preaching - Jeff Lucas Reasons Why I Commend Narrative PreachingHumour in Narrative PreachingMultimedia in Narrative PreachingChapter 49 - Preaching Apocalyptics - Steve Brady Basic Principles of the ApocalypticWays of Interpreting the Book of RevelationA Case Study: Revelation 12Some Advice on Preaching on the Book of RevelationEpilogue Recovering Your Cutting Edge - Greg Haslam Appendix 1 'Be Filled with the Spirit' (Ephesians 5:1-21; Acts 2:38-41) - Greg Haslam But What Does it Mean to Be Filled with the Spirit?The Need for the Holy Spirit's Power TodayBe Filled with the Holy Spirit!The Day of PentecostRegeneration and DynamificationThe Spirit's FireReceiving the Holy SpiritAppendix 2 Ephesians 4 Ministries and Church Unity - Greg Haslam The Context of Christian UnityEphesians 4 Ministries and Character Change (vv. 2-3)Ephesians 4 Ministries and New Understanding (vv. 4-6)Ephesians 4 Ministries and New Skills (vv. 7-13)
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