Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today / Edition 1

Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today / Edition 1

by John Stott, Eldon Jay Epp
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802806279

ISBN-13: 9780802806277

Pub. Date: 05/28/1982

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

In his preface to this major study on preaching by John Stott, Michael Green writes, "Much of the current uncertainty about the gospel and the mission of the church must be due to a generation of preachers which has lost confidence in the Word of God."

Perhaps no one is more eminently qualified to address this concern than John Stott whose scholarship and

Overview

In his preface to this major study on preaching by John Stott, Michael Green writes, "Much of the current uncertainty about the gospel and the mission of the church must be due to a generation of preachers which has lost confidence in the Word of God."

Perhaps no one is more eminently qualified to address this concern than John Stott whose scholarship and personality have shown generations of believers that he has total confidence in the Word of God and in preaching. "I believe that nothing is better calculated to restore health and vitality to the Church or to its members into maturity in Christ" reflects Stott, “than a recovery of true, biblical, contemporary preaching." His book provides precisely those practical guidelines and experienced perspectives needed for such a recovery.

After beginning with a historical sketch of preaching, Stott examines contemporary objections to preaching, looking in particular at the Cybernetics Revolution and the influence of television. He then moves on to the theological foundations for preaching after which he examines how preaching can serve to build bridges across chasms of political, social, and ethical controversies. His study then takes on a more practical slant as he discusses how to cultivate and overcome the obstacles to Bible study as well as how to prepare sermons. He ends with a frank yet thoughtful reflection on the preacher's responsibility to live his message through sincerity, earnestness, courage, and humility.

Addressed to the head as well as to the heart, this book will encourage and challenge both ministers and laypersons to give themselves more wholeheartedly to their calling — to make known God’s message of salvation to a world in dire need of hearing it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802806277
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/28/1982
Series:
Studies and Documents, #45
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
351
Sales rank:
800,987
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Author's Introduction

  1. The Glory of Preaching: A Historical Sketch
  2. Jesus, the Apostles and the Fathers
    The Friars and the Reformers
    The Puritans and the Evangelicals
    The Nineteenth Century
    The Twentieth Century
  3. Contemporary Objections to Preaching
  4. The Anti-authority Mood
    The Cybernetics Revolution
    The Church's Loss of Confidence in the Gospel
  5. Theological Foundations for Preaching
  6. A Conviction about God
    A Conviction about Scripture
    A Conviction about the Church
    A Conviction about the Pastorate
    A Conviction about Preaching
  7. Preaching as Bridge-building
  8. Crossing the Cultural Gulf
    Biblical and Historical Precedents
    Christ our Contemporary
    Ethics for Christians
    Social and Political Issues
    Handling Controversial Questions
    The Christian Way to Maturity
  9. The Call to Study
  10. Bible Study
    The Modern World
    Reading and Resource Groups
    Habits of Study
    Hindrances to Study
  11. Preparing Sermons
  12. Choose Your Text
    Meditate on It
    Isolate the Dominant Thought
    Arrange Your Material
    Add the Introduction and Conclusion
    Write down and Pray over your Message
  13. Sincerity and Earnestness
  14. Sincerity
    Earnestness
  15. Courage and Humility
  16. Courage
    Humility

Epilogue
Select Bibliography

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