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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DayOne Publications (3 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846251087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846251085
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 16.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,202,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, whats hould you judge it by? Well for me, one of the great tests is how many passages have I highlighted, how many quotes underlined, how many notes scribbled in the margin? On the basis of those criteria, this book rates very highly and so it should.

Mike Abendroth is responding to a real 'gap in the market', addressing an aspect of preaching that is sadly neglected. He says that in the 842 chapters of the 66 evangelical books of preaching in his library, only 4 chapters deal with anything related to 'Jesus the preacher'. I suspect that I would find a similar proportion among my books, though I take it that Abendroth hasn't got Stuart Olyott's Preaching Like the Master' in his collection, since that would significantly increase the statistics.

Abendroth focusses on eight features of Jesus' public ministry, and each chapter has a very helpful and practical series of applications, firstly for preachers, elders, leaders and Bible teachers and then secondly for laypeople and congregations.
1. Jesus viewed preaching as preeminent
2. Jesus preached with a high view of Scripture
3. Jesus preached Christ, and him crucified
4. Jesus preached doctrine
5. Jesus preached as a herald
6. Jesus preached discipleship
7. Jesus preached for a verdict
8. Jesus was an expository preacher

I like a preacher/writer who doesn't mince his words and tells you exctly what he thinks. Abendroth does just that. His book is warm, passionate, thoroughly biblical and strewn with examples of detailed exegesis of crucial words that strengthen his case. For Abendroth - and for all of us - the important question is not WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) but HDJP (How Did Jesus Preach?)
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An excellent book on an aspect of Jesus' ministry that has not often been covered in such detail. Abendroth sets out a clear and well structured study of the different elements of Jesus' preaching, and challenges both the modern day preacher and his listeners to ask themselves searching questions about how modern preaching compares to Jesus' example. I found it a great help to my own ministry and would thouroughly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Refreshing Tonic for both the Preacher and the Laymen 14 Mar. 2008
By Erik Raymond - Published on
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here is an increased emphasis within various communities today upon the words and actions of Jesus. We are told by folks within varied theological camps to be like Jesus in his treatment of others. This priority is something that even conservatives and liberals can agree upon. There is, however, an element of Jesus' life and ministry that is curiously absent from much of the conversation. This element is his preaching. What did Jesus say? Why did he say it? How did he say it? And how does this intersect with the lives of those who aim to follow him?

Mike Abendroth aims to give Jesus the mic, or at least the pulpit in his new book, Jesus Christ: The Prince of Preachers. Mike is the Senior Pastor of Bethlehem Bible Church in West Boylston, Massachusetts. In addition to being a good friend Mike is also one of my favorite preachers. In his first book Mike tackles two of his prevailing passions, Jesus and preaching.

For those unfamiliar to Mike, the endorsements for the book help the reader understand something of the passionate community of heralds to which Mike belongs. There are endorsements from John MacArthur (who also wrote the forward), Steve Lawson, Danny Aiken, James White, Rick Holland, Alex Montoya, and Don Whitney.

Abendroth starts off the book by discussing "ecclesiological triage."

"The professing evangelical church is in a state of emergency. She is alive, but very sick. The health of the church today in in trouble, in spite of swelling numbers, mega-buildings, and expanding `borders.' She has been in a head-on collision with the eighteen-wheel semi-truck of postmodernity. The problems are so large and plentiful, nothing less than ecclesiological triage will sift through the myriad of problems and begin to lend spiritual attention to the top priorities."

So what is the solution to the problem? How do we treat this?

"We must preach, and we must do so as Jesus, the Prince of preachers, did....The ultimate priority for the revived church is preaching. The pulpit lies at the heart of the church. Preaching pumps the lifeblood of God's Word into the arteries, veins and capillaries of the local church's vital organs."

Mike then examines the preaching ministry of Jesus in the following 8 chapters:

Jesus viewed preaching as Preeminent

Jesus preached with a high view of Scripture

Jesus preached Christ and Him Crucified

Jesus preached Doctrine

Jesus preached as a Herald

Jesus preached Discipleship

Jesus preached for a Verdict

Jesus preached Expositionally

As a pastor I really enjoyed this book. In each chapter Abendroth dug into a text and supported his premise textually even syntactically. You could tell that many of these chapters flowed out of sermons that he, himself has preached. Additionally, Mike's writing style is vivid and engaging. You are in a conversation with him. The book is littered with everyday illustrations to drive home his points. And where he lets up and steps aside, he quotes someone else. The book is a quote machine. If you are a preacher you want to have this book on hand just to access all of the quotes.

Each chapter is very intentional. Mike starts each chapter with an exposition from a Gospel, showing how Jesus did what the title describes. In the next two sections of each chapter he makes specific application for his readers. In the first, he makes pointed application for pastors, preachers, leaders, elders, and all who teach the Bible formally or informally. Then in the final section of the chapter he challenges people who listen to preaching regularly. "Laypeople and congregations must see the importance of listening to preaching in a way that would honor Jesus. They should hear the Word taught as if they are actually listening to Him preach."

As you read this book a few things happen. 1) You appreciate Jesus and his itinerant ministry more, 2) You appreciate the grace of God in revelation more, 3) You want to listen to more sermons, 4) You want to preach.

If this book causes preachers to examine their time in the study and their product in the pulpit to ensure compatibility with Jesus' preaching...then it is successful. And if causes all who listen to sermons to love good preaching, listen better, and demand more...then it is successful. And, at the end of the day, if the book brings glory to Jesus Christ, the Prince of preachers...then it is successful.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and heartily commend it to you. It would also be a great gift for your pastor.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great primer on the importance and task of preaching 19 Mar. 2008
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One of the freebies given out at this year's Shepherd's Conference was this gem from Mike Abendroth.

He writes a short but powerful work, pointing preachers to learn directly from the teaching ministry of Jesus. This is excellent material, a true encouragement for those committed to expository preaching, in season and out of season.

Abendroth writes, "The ultimate priority for the revived church is preaching. The pulpit lies at the heart of the church."

And if the pulpit lies at the heart of the church, then where should the church and the preacher turn to find the standard for preaching? Abendroth answers:

"While there are many definitions and descriptions of preaching today, Jesus' preaching must be the unchanging standard for all who dare teach the Bible. Preaching fads come and go, yet the manner and method of the Lord's preaching is always relevant, and worthy to be emulated."

Throughout the book, the living influences of Abendroth are easy to spot and appreciate): Bryan Chapell, John Piper, John MacArthur, Danny Akin, Al Mohler, Steve Lawson, and Hershael York. And what Abendroth leads us to admire about the writings of these men is that they challenge us toward a Christ-centered, Christ-emulating method of preaching in our own pulpits.

Where Abendroth brings zesty fresh thought is in the close of each chapter where he gives action-oriented application to the principles of the chapter. What is outstanding is that he provides ideas for both preachers and congregations. How should a preacher preach? How should a congregation hear? Abendroth gives answers for both group. He truly desires for this book to be read by both pastor and people in the pew.

Do not miss getting a copy of this book.
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