"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