The Call to Preach: The Art of Sermon Preparation

The Call to Preach: The Art of Sermon Preparation

by Steve Estep

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The call to preach is the call to prepare.

Pastor, have you ever felt like Sunday morning was barreling toward you before you were ready for it? One of the most challenging aspects of the preaching life is the reality that Sunday is always coming. Whether you’re a new preacher looking to better understand your call, a veteran preacher looking for fresh ideas to hone your craft, or somewhere in between, The Call to Preach provides support, encouragement, and practical tools for your journey. Dr. Steve Estep draws on twenty-five years of preaching experience to provide wisdom, advice, and best practices for sermon preparation. In these pages you’ll find tools for engaging the biblical text, sample sermons from great thinkers and preachers, and a wealth of encouragement for the demanding, rewarding work of proclaiming the Word of God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780834137530
Publisher: The Foundry Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 446,658
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Dr. Steve Estep is the senior pastor at First Church of the Nazarene in Marion, Ohio. He is a graduate of Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary (MDiv), and McCormick Theological Seminary (DMin in preaching). Dr. Estep has been an adjunct professor of preaching at Nazarene Theological Seminary since 2006. He and his wife, Michelle, have three children, Brandon, Brooke, and Blake.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Part 1 The Call to Preach Is the Call to Prepare 9

1 Get Yourself Ready 11

2 The Call 15

3 Truths about Preaching 19

Part 2 What to Say 33

4 Know your Lenses and Limitations 35 Sample Sermon: Shameless, by Albert Hung 48

5 Tools for Engaging the Text: Asking the Right Questions 59

6 Tools for Engaging the Text: Initial Observations 65

7 Tools for Engaging the Text: Genre 69

8 Tools for Engaging the Text: Image of God 75

Sample Sermon: Overhearing the Regret of God Dan Boone 78

9 Tools for Engaging the Text: Universals in Human Experience 83

Sample Sermon: The Hope of Despair Shawna Songer Gaines 87

10 Tools for Engaging the Text: Bad News 93

Sample Sermon: A Communal Call to Parenting Robert Breddin 97

11 Tools for Engaging the Text: Good News 101

Sample Sermon: Bring it In Steve Estep 104

12 Tools for Engaging the Text: Points of View 109

Sample Sermon: Here's Lookin' at You Jeremy Byler 111

13 Tools for Engaging the Text: Desired Response 121

Sample Sermon: Go, Tell Everyone This Great News Dwayne Adams 124

14 Tools for Engaging the Text: Congregational Blocks 129

Sample Sermon: The Principal's Office Nancy Cantrell 132

15 Tools for Engaging the Text: Engaging the Senses 139

16 Tools for Engaging the Text: Possible Directions 143

17 Sermon Purpose 149

18 Consulting the Scholars 153

Sample Sermon: Sozo Steve Estep 160

19 Consider the Context 165

Sample Sermon: Love Must Be Given Away Tim Whetstone 172

20 Including Other Voices 177

Sample Sermon: The Active Mission of Jesus Mike Jackson 179

21 Long-Range Planning 183

Afterword 191

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