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According to Warren Wiersbe, The Supremacy of God in Preaching "calls us back to a biblical standard for preaching, a standard exemplified by many of the pulpit giants of the past, especially Jonathan Edwards and Charles Spurgeon." This newly revised and expanded edition is an essential guide for preachers who want to stir the embers of revival. Piper has added valuable new material reflecting on his thirty-three years of preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church, offering a glimpse of what a lifetime of putting God first has done for the faith of the hundreds of thousands who have heard him preach over the years.
|Preface to the Revised Edition||9|
|Preface to the First Edition||13|
|Part 1||Why God Should Be Supreme in Preaching|
|1.||The Goal of Preaching: The Glory of God||21|
|2.||The Ground of Preaching: The Cross of Christ||31|
|3.||The Gift of Preaching: The Power of the Holy Spirit||41|
|4.||The Gravity and Gladness of Preaching||51|
|Part 2||How to Make God Supreme in Preaching: Guidance from the Ministry of Jonathan Edwards|
|5.||Keep God Central: The Life of Jonathan Edwards||69|
|6.||Submit to Sweet Sovereignty: The Theology of Edwards||77|
|7.||Make God Supreme: The Preaching of Edwards||83|
|Stir Up Holy Affections||84|
|Enlighten the Mind||86|
|Saturate with Scripture||88|
|Employ Analogies and Images||90|
|Use Threat and Warning||92|
|Plead for a Response||94|
|Probe the Workings of the Heart||96|
|Yield to the Holy Spirit in Prayer||98|
|Be Broken and Tenderhearted||100|
Posted August 1, 2014
Although I've only just read this for the first time, this is the book on preaching the Holy Spirit has written on my heart. The short version is that the job of the preacher in the pulpit is not to entertain or even teach but to glorify a majestic God in such a way that the congregation is awed at nothing but the surpassing awesomeness of God and in return to worship this same God because of His immense nature.
Whether this sounds like something you already understand about preaching or not, the book is worth reading as an encouragement toward Biblical preaching.
My only gripe is that B&N has an older version for $2...so, I'm not overly pleased to spend over $10 for 95 pages. Still, I'd rather own a copy than not.