Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today
Author: John Stott
|In his preface to this major study on preaching by John Stott, Michael Green writes, much of the current uncertainty about the gospel and the mission of the church must be due to a generation of preachers which has lost confidence in the Word of God.|
Perhaps no one is more eminently qualified to address this concern than John Stott whose scholarship and personality have shown generations of believers that he has total confidence in the Word of God and in preaching. "I believe that nothing is better calculated to restore health and vitality to the Church or to its members into maturity in Christ" reflects Stott, "than a recovery of true, biblical, contemporary preaching.? His book provides precisely those practical guidelines and experienced perspectives needed for such a recovery."
After beginning with a historical sketch of preaching, Stott examines contemporary objections to preaching, looking in particular at the Cybernetics Revolution and the influence of television. He then moves on to the theological foundations for preaching after which he examines how preaching can serve to build bridges across chasms of political, social, and ethical controversies. His study then takes on a more practical slant as he discusses how to cultivate and overcome the obstacles to Bible study as well as how to prepare sermons. He ends with a frank yet thoughtful reflection on the preacher? responsibility to live his message through sincerity, earnestness, courage, and humility.
Addressed to the head as well as to the heart, this book will encourage and challenge both ministers and laypersons to give themselves more wholeheartedly to their calling—to make known God? message of salvation to a world in dire need of hearing it.
Series: Studies and Documents
Physical Info: 0.97" H x 8.25" L x 5.24" W (0.81 lbs) 351 pages
Carton Quantity: 44
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
US SRP: 24.00 US
Pub Date: November 01, 1992
World-renowned preacher and scholar John Stott examines contemporary objections to preaching and sets forth a theological foundation for effective contemporary preaching. Includes a historical sketch of preaching and practical suggestions for Bible study and sermon preparation.
Table of Contents
1. The Glory of Preaching: A Historical Sketch
Jesus, the Apostles and the Fathers
The Friars and the Reformers
The Puritans and the Evangelicals
The Nineteenth Century
The Twentieth Century
2. Contemporary Objections to Preaching
The Anti-authority Mood
The Cybernetics Revolution
The Church's Loss of Confidence in the Gospel
3. Theological Foundations for Preaching
A Conviction about God
A Conviction about Scripture
A Conviction about the Church
A Conviction about the Pastorate
A Conviction about Preaching
4. Preaching as Bridge-building
Crossing the Cultural Gulf
Biblical and Historical Precedents
Christ our Contemporary
Ethics for Christians
Social and Political Issues
Handling Controversial Questions
The Christian Way to Maturity
5. The Call to Study
The Modern World
Reading and Resource Groups
Habits of Study
Hindrances to Study
6. Preparing Sermons
Choose Your Text
Meditate on It
Isolate the Dominant Thought
Arrange Your Material
Add the Introduction and Conclusion
Write down and Pray over your Message
7. Sincerity and Earnestness
8. Courage and Humility
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|Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today|
Author: John Stott
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John Stott examines contemporary objections to preaching and sets forth a theological foundation for effective contemporary preaching. Includes a historical sketch of preaching and practical suggestions for Bible study and sermon preparation.
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