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Preaching: A Biblical Theology [Kindle Edition]

Jason C. Meyer , John Piper
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Do you know what makes for good preaching?

The pastor opens with a funny joke, strings together a series of disconnected Bible verses and clever anecdotes, and then closes with an inspirational quote. But is this the kind of preaching that most glorifies God, honors his Word, and edifies his people?

In Preaching: A Biblical Theology, pastor Jason Meyer examines the biblical precedent for preaching in both the Old and New Testaments and offers practical guidance related to the what, how, and why of expository preaching for today.

The most comprehensive biblical theology on the topic, this resource will help you identify good preaching and embrace it as a means to encounter—and be transformed by—the living God.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (31 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars One for every preacher's reading list 7 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Mixed.

That’s how I’d sum up Preaching: A Biblical Theology by Jason Meyer.

It’s a book that has some simply outstanding chapters, so much so, that if they were all put together, they would make a great little book on the subject. But it is also a book that has a long section in the middle that didn’t quite hit the target, which was frustrating.

The opening two chapters on the What and How of Preaching, that set preaching within the larger context of the ministry of the Word, were really helpful. Meyer’s thesis is that “the ministry of the word in Scripture is stewarding and heralding God’s word in such a way that people encounter God through his word” and that this “stewarding and heralding must be carried out faithfully and fearlessly”.

Following this we have a long section, from chapters 3 through to the end of chapter 16, which begins with a condensed biblical theology of the ministry of the word, which is then expanded on over 11 chapters. This was probably the weakest part of the book. (To be fair to Meyer, he does give busy pastors the permission to skip the part of the book). It would have been great if there could have been in this section more specific and detailed application about what each of 10 scenes he divides the Bible story into uniquely has teach about the ministry of the word.

After this, the remainder of the book is great. The chapters on the What, How and Why of Expository Preaching provided a great definition “preaching must re-present the word of God in such a way that the preacher represents the God of the word so that people respond to God”, a memorable method “share, show, shepherd”, and a clear defence for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD 21 Oct. 2013
By Dr. David P. Craig - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been waiting for a book like this since my calling into the ministry thirty-one years ago. Meyer combines two of my favorite subjects: biblical theology and preaching with my greatest passion - the glory of God as revealed in Jesus. The thesis of this very enjoyable book is that "the ministry of the word in Scripture is stewarding and heralding God's word in such a way that people encounter God through his word."

What makes this book unique is that the author shows how "the whole Bible alone can give a holistic answer to what preaching is." Meyer brilliantly and cogently examines what the whole of the Scriptures have to say broadly about the ministry of the Word and specifically in light of what this means for the expository preacher. The ultimate reason of preaching isn't for the transfer of information, but to have an encounter with the living God.

Meyer takes the reader on a biblically saturated journey from Genesis to Revelation and unpacks what the entire Scriptures have to say about the ministry of the Word. He does a remarkable job of conveying how preaching the Word is grounded within the big picture story line of the gospel. Christ is the plot-line of the Scriptures and Meyer helps the minister build a foundation for preaching, paradigms for preaching, and demonstrates how biblical and systematic theology guides the preacher in ministering the Word so that we and our hearers encounter the glory of God in Christ.

I highly recommend this book for beginning and seasoned preachers, but also for all Christians. It is packed full with excellent illustrations, robust theological truths, and insightful applications. By helping us to interpret the whole Bible through the lenses of redemption Meyer helps us to see that Jesus is at the forefront of every passage we preach. I believe that any believer reading this book will come to understand the gospel better, and strive to minister the word with Jesus at the center of our proclamation so that we and our listeners will truly encounter our Awesome God.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Biblical Theology of Preaching 28 Oct. 2013
By Dr. David Steele - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who fills John Piper's shoes deserves to be heard. That's my attitude about Jason C. Meyer, the young pastor who recently accepted the call to serve as Senior Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. John Piper writes the forward to Meyer's new book, A Biblical Theology of Preaching. Piper eagerly endorses the new work and celebrates the "expository commitments of Jason Meyer," (a phrase that should lure every expository preacher to this book).

I. THE BIG PICTURE: BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD

Meyer presents his thesis in the first chapter. He argues, "The ministry of the Word in Scripture is stewarding and heralding God's word in such a way that people encounter God through his word." In reality, the stewardship presented here is a three-way arrangement: There is a necessary stewardship of truth between God and the preacher and between the preacher and his congregation. Ultimately, the stewardship rests in the members of the congregation who have a responsibility to hear God's Word and be changed by it.

One of the major themes here is the resolution that God will bring; a resolution that will address a creation that is presently groaning. God will bring a new creation through the majestic King, the Lord Jesus Christ - all through the promised seed of the woman.

II. A SURVEY OF PARADIGM SHIFTS IN THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD

Part two is a panoramic look at Scripture and a survey of paradigm shifts. The author presents ten paradigms as it relates to stewardship of the Word. These shifts are outlined below:

The Stewardship of the Covenant of Creation
The Stewardship of the Covenant of Promise
The Stewardship of the Covenant of Law
The Stewardship of Joshua, the Judges, and Samuel
The Stewardship of the Covenant of Kingship
The Stewardship of the Prophets
The Stewardship of Psalmists and Scribes
The Stewardship of the Son
The Stewardship of the Apostles
The Stewardship of the Pastor
Meyer gives readers a chance to pass on section two. However, in my mind, expository preachers should be urged to press through this excellent material as the author makes direct application to ministry. One set of principles that emerge in Chapter 6 is especially helpful:

God's word is bursting at the seams with life-giving power and man's word is not.
Sin and rebellion stem from a failure to steward God's word.
God's word is a word of blessing when followed and a curse-bearing word of judgment when broken.
Even after God's word is broken, it provides the promise of redemption with the announcement of a coming deliverer.
Redemption results from hearing and trusting God's work of redemption promised by his word.
Meyer works hard to show the positive examples (Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Samuel) and negative examples (Balaam, Eli) of biblical stewardship as they surface in the redemptive plot-line of Scripture.

III. EXPOSITORY PREACHING TODAY

Part three is the "skeletal structure" of the book and provides readers with the rationale for expository preaching. Meyer helps readers understand the what, the how, and the why of expository preaching. Anyone who surveys these chapters will be convinced of the necessity to preach expository sermons. The unconvinced probably should not be preaching.

IV. SOUNDINGS FROM SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

Part four includes several reflections that build on the previous sections. One helpful sentence makes this section especially worth reading: "I am not to be a lead questioner of the text as a model for my students, but a lead worshipper over the text - modeling worshipful engagement with God through the text for my students."

The strengths and weaknesses of topical preaching are given. But in the final analysis, local church ministry should be undergirded by expository preaching. Meyer notes, "A preaching ministry with a steady diet of expository preaching is the best strategy for the long-term health of the body of Christ."

SUMMARY

A Biblical Theology of Preaching is a much-needed book in an age that is drowning in proof-text preaching, topical preaching, and man-centered methodology. Meyer's sounds the alarm and invites preachers to wield the Word of God in the way that God intends with power, authority, and faithfulness.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly biblical, emphatically heart-stirring, and practically helpful!! 17 Mar. 2014
By DanielS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have now read a grand total of two books on preaching and can certifiably say that I am no expert. One thing I can say is that what John Piper’s Supremacy of God in Preaching did for my own heart in terms of adding kindling to my fire for preaching, this book served as the fire pit, the match, the lighter fluid, the wood, and more. In other words, though Meyer’s work certainly provides its own “kindling” to the fire of preaching, it provides much more than that. It gives us the very foundations, paradigms, and tools for understanding the “fire” in the first place. In a word, I cannot think of how this book could have been more thorough and helpful in its discussion of preaching. The beauty of this book is that it brings the steward of the word to the dust while lifting high the excellencies of Christ in such a way that the reader feels loved and even rejoices in his position in the dust. We are servants and stewards of the High King!

It is difficult to identify just one highlight of the book, so I will go with two. First, Chapter 4 alone is worth the book’s weight in gold. Meyer states that it is the most important chapter in the book “because it is foundation for everything else” argued for in the book. I would go further than that and say that the chapter is foundational for everything else, period. Yes, this is a bit of an overstatement, but the way that Meyer walks through the biblical storyline is simply exhaustive and far-reaching. It is a beautiful depiction of the interlocking story of redemption, with Christ shining forth in his brilliance as the one on which all of the hope of the world rests. Secondly, the immensely practical nature of the book is quite refreshing. Parts 1, 3, and 4 are practical by nature. Part 5 is explicitly application in its entirety. But even Part 2, the part where most of the rigorous biblical theological work is displayed, is filled with practical illustrations and explicit application as Meyer closes almost every chapter with implications to the modern preacher and reader.

It is clear that I wholeheartedly agree with the thesis of the book. Not only because my heart was moved by it, but mostly because it was demonstrably biblical and Meyer strenuously shows his work. The skeptical reader might be tempted to say, at least early on in the book, that Meyer’s connection between modern preaching and the biblical theology of the ministry of the word is a loose one. But I would argue that the reader who combs through the treasure trove of Part 2 cannot walk away unconvinced of this connection. If there is any weakness to this work, it might be on the side of homiletics. My own tendencies lean into methods and step-by-step ways of doing things. But then again, this is explicitly not the aim of this book and methodology could possibly become a crutch on which a preacher begins to lean on instead of desperately clinging to God and the power of the Holy Spirit. In short, I would wholeheartedly recommend this book. As I have already said, I cannot conceive of a more thoroughly biblical, heart-stirring, helpful, or practical book on preaching.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most helpful books on preaching I've read 26 Dec. 2013
By Dave J. Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Recent years have seen an explosion of good books on preaching come out. With the resurgence of conversation about the Gospel and biblical theology publishers have taken notice and provided the people of God with many resources across the board to help them understand the storyline and message of the Bible. One of the most helpful books I’ve read in that vein of thought geared towards ministry leaders is Preaching A Biblical Theology by Dr. Jason Meyer. What makes this book unique is the approach of the author to trace the storyline of the Bible for the purpose of helping preachers develop a biblical theology of preaching. Being that almost whenever a new book on preaching comes out I read it to gain and profit from it I can tell you that this book is genuinely unique. Yet, before I tell you about why I think that let me give you some idea of what is in this book.

Preaching A Biblical Theology is broken up into five parts. Part one explores a biblical theology of the ministry of Word through “what and how of preaching”, the link between structure and story, the role of the Word in the drama of Scripture. Part two examines creation, promise, law, stewardship in the books of History, Prophets, Wisdom literature and the New Testament. Part three explains the what, how and why of expository preaching. Part four explores preaching and Scripture, preaching and sin and the issue of topical preaching. Part five looks at the importance of stewardship for today. The book concludes with three appendixes—looking at the heart behind the book, how this book is different and the available literature on preaching today.

In the opening of this review I noted that I read almost every available preaching book that comes out. While I’ve read broadly in the literature on preaching what makes this book unique is how Dr. Meyer approaches the topic of preaching. Most books on preaching focus on “how” to preach, and others on exegesis. Given the rise of the Gospel-centered and biblical theology movements in the evangelicalism what Preaching A Biblical Theology does is help the reader to learn how preaching is to be grounded in the Word of God. Furthermore, the author helps his readers to see that the task of preaching is a holy endeavor not just some activity but a means God uses to awaken the dead to new life. This means preaching is a holy task given by God to the Church and her officers to wield with great care.

Since every Christian is a theologian every Christian ought to know about the importance of preaching. This is precisely why Preaching a Biblical Theology is so important—it takes the storyline of the Bible and helps new and seasoned preachers and teachers understand not just the importance of preaching but why grounding our preaching and teaching in the Bible is so vital to the healthy and grow of the Church.

Lastly, what I appreciate about this book is it is not only deep but is also eminently practical. The author guides his reader through the Bible and along the way shows the reader how his reading of the Word affects one’s view of preaching and thus of teaching and caring for the people of God. It is this trifecta of biblical fidelity, Gospel-centeredness and practical help that makes Preaching: A Biblical Theology one of the most helpful books on preaching I’ve read in quite some years. Preaching should be required reading in seminary classes on the topic of preaching along with Christ-Centered Preaching by Dr. Bryan Chappel.

Preaching A Biblical Theology is as Dr. M. Lloyd-Jones said in his book Preaching and Preachers, “theology on fire”. It is for this reason and many others that I heartily recommend Preaching A Biblical Theology--- whether you are new to the task of preaching or you’ve been preaching for quite some time or you just enjoy reading books on preaching this book will help you by teaching you the truth of God’s Word. I pray the Lord uses this book by Dr. Meyer in powerful ways to awaken new preachers to the truth of biblical preaching and refreshes seasoned preachers to the importance of biblical preaching.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meyer on Preaching 7 Nov. 2013
By Brendan Knox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Today, more than ever, the evangelical church faces a dearth of solid, biblical, expository preaching. Yet, there is a growing interest today among many for a return to biblical preaching and Jason Meyer (Bethlehem Baptist) is one of those men desiring to restore the church with solid preaching. Meyer is a NT scholar and pastor. With these two backgrounds, Meyer brings together his interest and expertise in biblical theology and his interest in preaching.

This is a unique book among preaching books in many ways. The most unique element of the book is of course the biblical theology that Meyer develops in terms of “stewardship of the Word”. From Genesis to Revelation, Meyer examines the stewards and stewardship of God’s Word and its different incarnations throughout biblical history. From this study, Meyer develops various applications that inform our approach to preaching today.

The most valuable element of this book is its examination of the whole counsel of God concerning preaching. Meyer does not simply focus on the Pastoral Epistles, Acts, or the Gospels. Rather, he desires to derive his theology of preaching from the whole of Scripture. The bulk of the book is taken up with his examination of biblical theology, but the latter portion of the book deals with practical matters such as topical preaching, use of Scripture, preaching and sin, and the how, what, and why of preaching today.

Meyer’s concern is to preach Christ and him crucified, as Paul himself did. Meyer’s study of Scripture in this volume sets it apart from other preaching books as a valuable tool for the study of preaching. While there are other books that deal with practical concerns such as outlining, preparation, delivery, and so forth (see Broadus’ classic book), yet this book has much value in its biblical-theological approach.

Thank you to Crossway for providing me with a review copy!
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