Review: Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon

Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository SermonChrist-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Bryan Chapell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a good book on preaching. The explanation of exposition was good and there are great nuggets scattered throughout. I think the chapter on illustrations was really good. I also liked the explanation of what Christ-centered exposition is. I did not buy in on his fallen condition focus approach to a text. I also would poke at some the stuff on application. The appendices provide brief, practical advice. Overall it a good book on preaching expository sermons.

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Expository Preaching

Famine In The Land by Steven Lawson sets forth the virtues of expository preaching. As the title suggests, the author sees a shortage of this food from the Word. Lawson makes a good case for the mode of preaching as being expository.

Exposition should make up a majority of the ministry in the church. Even when preaching topically, exposition should be used. Though the expository method should be used extensively, it is not the only method. The skilled preacher will be versed in various methods, using them carefully and skillfully to best communicate the truth of God’s Word to his hearers.

Lawson’s book is worth reading and hopefully it will stir up some fire for this most excellent method of preaching.