Power in the Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons

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The call to preach is just that--a call to preach. The call to preach, however, is more than just preaching. The call to preach is a call to prepare. Too many pastors have refrained from preparation while they await the Holy Spirit to do all of the work. God expects preachers to prepare sermons as much as possible and allow Him to prepare the preachers.

Join Dr. Jerry Vines and Dr. Jim Shaddix as they achieve a balanced approach to teaching sermon preparation in Power in the Pulpit. This book combines the essential perspectives of a pastor of forty years with another pastor who also devotes daily time to training pastors in the context of theological education. Thus, Power in the Pulpit is a practical preaching help from a pastoral perspective in the tradition where expository preaching is a paramount and frequent event in the life of the local church.

Power in the Pulpit is the combined work of Dr. Vines's two earlier publications on preaching: A Practical Guide to Sermon Preparation (Moody Publishers, 1985) and A Guide to Effective Sermon Delivery (Moody Publishers, 1986). Dr. Shaddix carefully organizes and supplements the material to offer this useful resource which closes the gap between classroom theory and what a pastor experiences in his weekly sermon preparation.

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What People Are Saying

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This book is an encyclopedia of practical and useful material for the serious preacher, but it reads like a fireside chat.  Whether you're in your first church or a seasoned preacher, you'll find both information and inspiration in its pages, the biblical "how" and "why" of effective pulpit ministry.  You'll enjoy reading the book and I predict you'll refer to it often.
-Warren W. Wiersbe, Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary

The criticisms I hear about expository preaching are in reality criticisms about "boring preaching."  The greatest preaching in the earth is still captivating, prophetic, invigorating, Christ-honoring exposition.  Vines and Shaddix tell you how to do that in a way that will win the lost and revive the saints.  If you preach, do not miss this book.
-Paige Patterson, Former President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802477408
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/10/1999
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 370,144
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

DR. JERRY VINES (B.A., Mercer University; Th.D., Luther Rice Seminary) retired as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida in 2006, where he served for 40 years. He served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Jerry is author of a number of books including Power in the Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons, and A Practical Guide to Sermon Preparation. He and his wife, Janet, have four adult children and five grandchildren.

DR. JIM SHADDIX (BS, Jacksonville State University; M.Div., D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) serves in a dual role as Professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, and Pastor of Teaching and Training at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL. He has pastored churches in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Colorado, and also served as Dean of the Chapel and professor of preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, LA. Jim and his wife, Debra, focus much of their attention on discipling and mentoring young leaders and spouses. Jim and Debra have three grown children and reside in Birmingham.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: The Preparation for Exposition

1. Defining the Task

2. Laying the Foundation

3. Developing the Preacher

Part 2: The Process of Exposition

4. Analyzing the Text

5. Unifying the Theme

6. Designing the Structure

7. Maturing the Ideas

8. Building the Sermon

Part 3: The Presentation of the Exposition

9. Expressing the Thoughts

10. Playing the Voice

11. Making the Connection

12. Preaching the Word


Appendix 1: Structural Diagrams

Appendix 2: Sermon Summary Sheet

Appendix 3: Relaxation Exercises

Appendix 4: Breathing Exercises

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2000

    The Expositor's Handbook

    This book is a must for any man of God that preaches expository messages. This is a book I got for school to help me thru homiletics class. This gives easy to understand step by step instructions on how to do an expository sermon. I would recommend to all pastors.

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