Preaching That Changes Lives

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Certainly there are many books about preaching on the market today, but no author directs his attention to the clear message of changing lives more than Michael Fabarez.

Everything a pastor does must be done with the perspective of changing lives. When a pastor studies, it should be with the anticipation of changing lives. When he is looking for the right illustration, it ...

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Certainly there are many books about preaching on the market today, but no author directs his attention to the clear message of changing lives more than Michael Fabarez.

Everything a pastor does must be done with the perspective of changing lives. When a pastor studies, it should be with the anticipation of changing lives. When he is looking for the right illustration, it must be through the lens of changing lives. When he sets forth the spiritual direction for the church, he must have the scope of changing lives in his focus.

All other books dissect the essentials of pastoral ministry, but "Preaching That Changes Lives" takes it one step further!

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Fabarez, a California pastor, challenges his fellow preachers to transform the way they preach in this impassioned call for life-altering ministry. A well-written and moving sermon isn't "real preaching," Fabarez argues: real preaching "brings about changes that conform a person to the image of Christ." With in-depth analysis, quotes from theologians from Martin Luther to John MacArthur (who pens this volume's foreword) and a range of Bible verses to back up his claims, Fabarez makes his case that many pastors in fail to preach as Jesus exemplified. His solution to the problem? Give sermons that are Christ-centered and applicable to everyday life, and that unabashedly hold the congregants accountable for their sins while simultaneously encouraging them to be more committed to the church. Fabarez admits that such strong standards will make some churchgoers uncomfortable, but he is unapologetic: "We work for their good," he reminds his colleagues, "not for their pleasure and comfort." He demonstrates the crucial principle of application with stories from his own experience, and outlines several ways (through prayer, study habits, sermon tools, etc.) that doctrine can be intertwined with exhortations for change. Fabarez is also quick to remind his peers that while they're working at changing the lives of their parishioners, they must first be about the business of changing, transforming and renewing their own lives and their commitment to God. ZEN AND THE ART OF FALLING IN LOVE Brenda Shoshanna. Simon & Schuster, $21 (272p) ISBN 0743243358 To find love, take off your shoes, sit on a cushion and do nothing, advises the author of Zen Miracles. These and 10 other Zen-based practices, Shoshanna says, will help prepare you to receive love, and, eventually, to build lasting, meaningful relationships. Each Zen instruction is like "a metaphor for our entire lives": consciously taking off our shoes teaches us about mindfulness; sitting quietly on a cushion allows us to get to know ourselves and our patterns of behavior; doing nothing helps us learn to let go of our need to control things and people. Shoshanna goes on to explain how other practices, from cooking to "struggling with your koan," also help us find our way to being in love, "our natural state." For readers seeking hands-on, practical advice for romantic rejuvenation, Shoshanna's guide may feel as weightless as the smoke rising from the nearest incense burner: there are no chapters on the Zen method to approaching that office crush, or dating someone who already has children, for example. But readers searching for broader meaning will revel in her ability to weave together the basic tenets of relationship psychology with the self-realization techniques of Zen practice. Nor is Shoshanna's advice limited to affairs of the heart; much of her counsel-to be open, loving and full of faith-feels relevant to all aspects of life. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597523684
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240

Meet the Author

Michael Fabarez (B.A. Moody Bible Institute, Th. M. Talbot School of Theology, D. Min. Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor who applies the truths of God's word to people's everyday lives. He is a fourth generation southern Californian who accepted the call to preach in 1990 and has seen his church grow from 100 to 3,000 members. His preaching is heard on the Focal Point Radio Ministry. He and his wife, Carlynn, have two young boys, Matthew and John.
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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Preaching that Changes Lives "Bravo" Pastor Chris

    Introduction Fabarez exhorts all of us "preach the Word," 2 Tim. 4:2, to rekindle our God given gift and calling. This is an excellent book which I would personally recommend it to all that are called to preach. God has touched this explicit work and given us another masterpiece like that of E.M. Bounds. We are clearly to proclaim the Word of God as His herald and representatives. Not many instruction books on the subject are as complete as this. This book offers a replete correlation of information on the subject of sermon preparation and delivery. Fabarez reflects: "No ministry can be a spiritual one, securing holiness in the preacher and his people without prayer and study being a dividend and controlling force." Like this Fabarez shows all of the essential elements of preaching to a point of excellence and propels even the novice to the level of seasoned veteran. "While you battle in your study to craft a biblical sermon, a multiplicity of spiritual battles rages. The enemy loves unchanged sermons." This book compels us to prepare for the awesome responsibility to preach and delivers a critical blow to spiritual slothfulness and empty preaching. It is clear, there are life altering messages that all of us are to be seeking as we preach the Word of God. Time after time, Fabarez tells us to "recall the effects of powerful preaching in our own lives." We are challenged at every point and as Fabarez points out, we are to be faithful to the text ensuring that we are not allegorizing or forcing Christological ideas that are foreign to any text. We are to make disciples. The most profound piece of truth in this masterful work is that people are leaving churches and going to other churches not knowing why they are leaving. In fact they are searching for the truth that is found in God's Word and like sheep are hungered. There is a famine going on in most churches and in our land, Fabarez teaches us how to perform CPR on our respondents by simply preaching the truth. Questions posed like: What are we doing, what is normal and how are we going to change? He further states that we need to crystallize our thoughts and the audience with biblical truths. Are we presenting the greatest need to which we are preaching to? Sermons are not just to have great illustrations, "preaching is a constant agent of divine power that "greatest miracle that God has wrought." By this the greatest preaching has changed lives. One other point of mention would be that he tells us to emulate last weeks sermons, while I believe that we should study and allow the Lord to change our visage before we preach a message that we are given. There is a timeless power to preaching that corrects, rebukes, and encourages. Our thought's and focus are to be centered and focused on Christ and that He must remain the theological focus in all that we teach and preach. There are many books that teach us how we ought to preach or expound on Scripture, there are few that deliver what our author does in that he brings clarity, judgment and inspiration to the solution to our symptoms. Strengths and Weaknesses The strengths of this book are clear. There are plenty of exhortations about the text and the correctness of Scripture and how to prepare, plan and execute weaknesses are repetitiveness... God bless
    Pastor Chris Myers

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