Letters to My Students: Volume 1: On Preaching

Letters to My Students: Volume 1: On Preaching

by Jason K. Allen


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Few books have more influenced those called to gospel ministry than Charles Spurgeon’s Lectures to My Students. This influence of this book, like the Prince of Preachers himself, reverberates to our present age.
Carrying forward this tradition is Jason Allen’s Letters to My Students. Dr. Allen serves as president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College, the former ranking as one of the largest and fastest growing seminaries in North America. Dr. Allen has also served in multiple pastorates. His passion to serve the church by equipping a generation of pastors, missionaries, and ministers for faithful service is reflected in Letters to My Students.
Letters to My Students is a biblical, accessible guide for ministers and ministers-in-training. It brings both biblical and practical wisdom to bear on the minister’s three main responsibilities: preaching, leading, and shepherding the flock of God.
Martin Lloyd-Jones famously described the call to ministry as the highest, greatest, and most glorious calling to which one can be called. If this assessment resonates with you, you’ll want every available tool to strengthen your ministry. Letters to My Students is one such resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781535941143
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Jason K. Allenis the fifth president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. Since coming to Midwestern, he has led the institution to become one of the largest and fastest growing seminaries in North America. In addition to his role as president, Dr. Allen serves as an associate professor for preaching and pastoral ministry. More broadly, he serves the church through his preaching and writing ministries. He is the author or editor of several books, including The SBC and the 21st Century, Discerning Your Call to Ministry, Being a Christian, and Portraits of a Pastor. Dr. Allen regularly posts essays on his website, jasonkallen.com, and hosts a weekly podcast, “Preaching and Preachers.” He and his wife, Karen, are both from Mobile, Ala., and have five children: Anne-Marie, Caroline, William, Alden, and Elizabeth.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Section 1 Preparing to Be a Preacher

Chapter 1 Certainty in Your Calling 3

Chapter 2 Develop a Theology of Preaching 10

Chapter 3 Cultivate Your Ability to Preach 18

Chapter 4 Resolve to Preach with Authority 26

Chapter 5 Preach Expository Sermons, Part 1 33

Chapter 6 Preach Expository Sermons, Part 2 40

Chapter 7 Getting Started: Eight Tips for Beginning Preachers 48

Section 2 Preparing to Sermon

Chapter 8 Familiarize Yourself 57

Chapter 9 Interpret the Text 66

Chapter 10 Assemble Your Sermon 74

Chapter 11 Amplify Your Main Points 80

Chapter 12 Connect Your Sermon to Christ 87

Chapter 13 Some Thoughts on Words 95

Section 3 Growing in Your Preaching

Chapter 14 Whether to Engage Cultural Concerns 111

Chapter 15 When to Engage Cultural Concerns 119

Chapter 16 The Public Invitation 126

Chapter 17 Preaching Is Not Ranting 134

Chapter 18 Maturing as a Preacher 140

Chapter 19 A Final Checklist before You Preach 150

Chapter 20 Persevering as a Preacher 158

Conclusion 165

Notes 169

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