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Posted June 18, 2013
I take my text and make a bee-line to the Cross," Charles
I take my text and make a bee-line to the Cross,"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Charles Spurgeon on preaching.
"I preach as though Christ were crucified yesterday, rose from the dead today
and is coming back to earth tomorrow!"
Martin Luther on preaching.
This book by Stephen Lawson spreads a grand and Biblical vision for preaching Christ
and Him crucified. Listen to a few quotes from this book, first, why Christian preaching must be preaching Christ, because Christianity is Christ:
"The essence of Christianity is centered upon the Lord Jesus Christ. The sum and substance of being a Christian is trusting Christ with the entirety of one's being. The height of the Christian life is adoring Christ, the depth of it loving Him, the breadth of it obeying Him, and the length of it following Him."
"Simply put, God honors the preaching that honors his Son. If our proclamation departs from this glorious focus, the blessing of God will be far from it. God will abandon the preaching that abandons Christ."
"Great preachers always preach Christ. Wherever they may be weak,
they must always succeed in proclaiming the matchless greatness of the Lord Jesus.
Regardless of the culture in which they serve, the expectations of their listeners,
faithful preachers are committed to upholding the unrivaled supremacy of
Jesus Christ in His saving death."
How on earth do I review a book that just needs to be read?
This book reminds me why we listen to sermons and preaching in the first place:
to hear about Christ, to exalt Him, to learn about Him.
All the other benefits come because each verse is a road that leads to Him!
Perhaps the idea that hit me the hardest was the truth that we continually need
to hear Christ and His full work preached.
I mean, I used to think that the "Easter story" should only be preached at Easter.
And Luke Two was great at Christmas but surely wouldn't you get odd looks if you read it any other time? In other words, I didn't understand that the full work of Christ needed to be proclaimed all year, every year.
It is way too easy to put Christ's work on the cross out of your mind after you are saved, to think "I don't need to hear that again every week... we can move on to other topics." But there is no other Biblical topic that doesn't lead back to Christ and His work, His Glory, His Love!
I want to thank Harvest House for my review copy of The Kind of Preaching God Blesses.
Posted April 9, 2013
About the Book: In recent years Steven J. Lawson has been in de
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In recent years Steven J. Lawson has been in demand nationwide as a speaker at major conferences, particularly those for pastors. The Kind of Preaching God Blesses is a powerful must-read for every minister who desires to preach God’s Word in a way that truly exalts the Lord and nourishes His people.
In 1 Corinthians 2:1-9, the apostle Paul wrote about the keys to effective preaching. In this compact yet dynamic book, readers will learn about…
the priority of biblical preaching—an urgent call to every minister
the poverty of modern preaching—what is lacking in today’s pulpits
the preeminence of Christ in preaching—making Jesus the dominant theme
the power of the Spirit in preaching—replacing self-confidence with God-dependence
This is a passionate appeal to Christ-centered preaching—the kind that God blesses, the kind that brings real revival in people’s lives. Great for pastors, Bible teachers, and Christian students aspiring to a teaching ministry.
About the Author:
Steven J. Lawson is the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including the Long Line of Godly Men series. He also serves as Professor of Preaching at The Master’s Seminary and a Teaching Fellow at Ligonier Ministries and Visiting Professor in the Doctor of Ministry program at Ligonier Academy.
The senior pastor Steven J. Lawson of a Mobile, Alabama church has put together a very short read that contains his sermon message entitled The Kind of Preaching God Blesses all compressed into this book. He has preached on this sermon several times and was approached by the publisher to have it in print form for all of us to take part in. He speaks in his book about how the world has influenced the church so much that it is becoming a mirror image of it. So much so many churches all across the world are devoid of Christ. When in reality the Holy Spirit should lead each and everyone of these ministers to stand apart.
I myself want a minister to stand before me, preach the gospel without worrying about it being a very popular subject among the congregation and above all deliver a message that is God infused with the Holy Spirit leading him. We all should want that. Judgement Day is right around the corner we need to all get everything situated with our lives and our walk before that day comes. In his book the author tells us that ministers should all follow the same apostolic pattern from Paul and to not reinvent it.
**Disclosure** This book was provided to me at no charge for my honest review from Harvest House Publishers.