Inductive Preaching: Helping People Listen

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"I spend hours in my study and on my knees preparing sermons, but when I preach them no one listens. What's wrong? Why aren't I getting through? Why do I see blank stares, daydream reveries, nodding heads as soon as I open my mouth to preach? I know my messages are biblically sound. I'm sure I'm preaching what God has laid on my heart. But it's not being received. What's wrong? What can I do?"

Sound familiar? If you're a preacher, you probably know the feeling. But it doesn't ...

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Overview

"I spend hours in my study and on my knees preparing sermons, but when I preach them no one listens. What's wrong? Why aren't I getting through? Why do I see blank stares, daydream reveries, nodding heads as soon as I open my mouth to preach? I know my messages are biblically sound. I'm sure I'm preaching what God has laid on my heart. But it's not being received. What's wrong? What can I do?"

Sound familiar? If you're a preacher, you probably know the feeling. But it doesn't have to be that way. You can learn to preach in a way that will be readily, even eagerly, received by your congregation.

It's all here: what inductive preaching is, how it works, why it's effective, who's used it--including Jesus, Peter, Paul, Augustine, St. Francis, Wesley, Edwards, and Moody, to name only a few. Also included are:

  • Step-by-step guidelines for constructing an inductive sermon
  • Two sample inductive sermons
  • A list of 96 inductive preachers from 20 centuries
  • A strategy for making traditional sermon structures inductive
  • A checklist of inductive characteristics.

The principles in this book can dramatically increase your sermon effectiveness--turn apathy into involvement, make listeners out of the listless. Inductive preaching is preaching that works!

"Thoroughly and convincingly sets forth the case for inductive preaching." --James W. Cox, Professor of Christian Preaching, Southern Baptist Seminary

"Will be a real service for anyone wishing to convince modern man about the gospel--a resource for all of us who preach and teach for years to come." --Jay Kesler, President of Youth for Christ

"I have read many books on preaching during my 34 years of teaching the subject. This is one of the first which I have read from beginning to end without stopping. If you plan to preach next Sunday you had better read this book today." --Lloyd M. Perry, Director, Doctor of Ministry Program, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891072874
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/1983
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 864,528
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

RALPH L. LEWIS is professor of preaching at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, a post he has held since 1961. Dr. Lewis holds a PhD in speech from the University of Michigan and was a pastor for 12 years.

GREGG LEWIS is editor of Campus Life magazine. A coauthor of The Hurting Parent, he holds an MA in communications from Wheaton College.

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