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Preaching Pure & Simple
Preaching Pure & Simple
by Stuart Olyott
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.91

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Preaching simply explained., 18 Feb 2006
An excellent book based on the author's preaching seminars held in England, Wales and Switzerland. In the first part of the book, he begins with the basics, and defines what preaching is. From the New Testament, he shows that the preacher is to be a herald, evangelist, witness to the truth, and teacher. He then shows the key features of New Testament preaching, which are still to be factors in preaching today. Preaching is to be:
* compelling
* plain
* Christ-centred.
The second part of the book shows us the elements of good preaching. I have heard many sermons which were based on texts and passages. However, with all due respect, the preachers did not necessarily bring out the real meaning of their passage. Therefore, it is good to see a chapter on exegetical accuracy. The author encourages the preacher to study, and find the right context for the passage we aim to preach on. In addition, he gives tips on how a preacher can become a better exegete, e.g. the use of commentaries, lexicons, etc.
This is followed by chapters on doctrinal substance, clear structure, vivid illustration and pointed application. There then follows a simple, practical chapter on the matter of helpful delivery, and includes points such as gestures, simple language and even the issue of the actual length of the sermon. The final section of this part is entitled 'Supernatural Authority.' Here's a subject that all preachers should take to heart, as it encourages the need of much prayer before preaching.
The final part of the book covers a suggested method of preaching. This includes matters such as writing notes, study, as well as prayer before and after the sermon. The book then ends with a tribute to a preacher named Hugh Morgan. He was the pastor of an evangelical church in newport for many years, and according to the author, he put into practice much of the principles outlined in this book.
I will wholeheartedly recommend this book. It is very simple to understand and very practical too. After reading this, there should be no excuse for boring preaching! No matter how long you've been preaching for, this book will help you improve.


Joy Unspeakable
Joy Unspeakable
by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Edition: Paperback

13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lloyd-Jones and the baptism of the Spirit, 18 Feb 2006
This review is from: Joy Unspeakable (Paperback)
During the twentieth century, one significant teacher regarding the understanding of the baptism of the Holy Spirit was Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, who ministered for a long time at Westminster Chapel, London. In this book we can see that he believed it was possible to be a Christian and have the holy Spirit dwelling in you, and yet still not be baptised with the Holy Spirit. He supports his claim by reference to passages throughout the book of Acts (1:8; chapter 8; 19:1-10). He claimed that baptism of the Spirit "is an experience of the Spirit which gives the full assurance of faith and is to be identified with the sealing of Ephesians 1:13" He continued to say that such an experience "results in power and boldness which are the prerequisites for truly effective Christian witnes."(p. 67) While initially teaching this view in the 1960s, his teachings have become more popular since his death in 1981.
However, some things need to be borne in mind. Firstly, the events in Acts (e.g. Pentecost (ch1), the Samaritan believers (ch8), the Ephesus dozen (ch19)) were special events in the history of the church. Therefore, they are not necessarily the pattern for today. Also, there does not appear to be any instruction in the New Testament for a Christian to seek a further experience of baptism of the Spirit after their conversion. Is it not also possible, that there is a danger of division amongst Christians if we agree that Spirit baptism is a secondary experience? Christians may end up being divided into two categories: ordinary believers and Spirit-baptised believers.
These are some points to be aware of before you read this book. However, on the plus side it is very readable and easy to follow. The Doctor clearly indicates the experiential and continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian. The book also encourages Christians to seek a higher standard of Christian living. This was arguably the Doctor's greatest concern at the time he preached these messages. So the book is worth a read, but I also recommend wider reading on this subject.


Ultimate Questions - Polish
Ultimate Questions - Polish
by John Blanchard
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tool for evangelism, 16 Feb 2006
John Blanchard gives a clear evangelistic message in this short booklet. The big issues - the ultimate questions - in life are asked. These include questions about God, mankind, sin, the next life, and how it is possible to be saved and right with God. The booklet gives a very helpful explanation of the way of salvation. If you are a Christian, this will be very helpful if you are looking for some literature to pass on to a non-Christian friend. Or, if you are a not a Christian yet, and you want to know more about the Christian faith, then this is a booklet I'd encourage you to get.


From fear to faith: Studies in the book of Habakkuk
From fear to faith: Studies in the book of Habakkuk
by D. M Lloyd-Jones
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Habbakuk explained, 16 Feb 2006
An excellent little book from one of the finest preachers of the twentieth century. The book contains six chapters, which were sermons preached on the book of Habbakuk. The author shows that things don't often work out as we would wish, and that sometimes our prayers are not answered in the way that we would like. The author highlights 'the prophet's perplexity' at the circumstances facing his nation, but then goes on towards the end to show how Habbakuk comes to a point of trust and humble submission before the Almighty God, even though all things precious to him might be lost. The last two chapters give us valuable lessons on 'how to pray' and 'how to rejoice in tribulations.' During the course of the book, we can see how the prophet moves 'from fear to faith.'
These sermons were initially preached during World War II so the content would have been rather significant for the hearers living in those troublesome days, who would have wandered what would happen to their nation. However, the message is still a timely one for us today. I personally find this shorter book much more refreshing than the exhaustive Romans and Ephesians series by the same author. Also, in addition, it is worth pointing out that there are (regrettably) very few titles by Dr. Lloyd-Jones based on the Old Testament, so this one is well worth having.
A very helpful and encouraging book.


From Fear to Faith: Rejoicing in the Lord in Turbulent Times
From Fear to Faith: Rejoicing in the Lord in Turbulent Times
by D. M. Lloyd-Jones
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Habbakuk explained, 16 Feb 2006
An excellent little book from one of the finest preachers of the twentieth century. The book contains six chapters, which were sermons preached on the book of Habbakuk. The author shows that things don't often work out as we would wish, and that sometimes our prayers are not answered in the way that we would like. The author highlights 'the prophet's perplexity' at the circumstances facing his nation, but then goes on towards the end to show how Habbakuk comes to a point of trust and humble submission before the Almighty God, even though all things precious to him might be lost. The last two chapters give us valuable lessons on 'how to pray' and 'how to rejoice in tribulations.' During the course of the book, we can see how the prophet moves 'from fear to faith.'
These sermons were initially preached during World War II so the content would have been rather significant for the hearers living in those troublesome days, who would have wandered what would happen to their nation. However, the message is still a timely one for us today. I personally find this shorter book much more refreshing than the exhaustive Romans and Ephesians series by the same author. Also, in addition, it is worth pointing out that there are (regrettably) very few titles by Dr. Lloyd-Jones based on the Old Testament, so this one is well worth having.
A very helpful and encouraging book.


Roman Catholicism
Roman Catholicism
by D. M Lloyd-Jones
Edition: Unknown Binding

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lloyd-Jones on Roman Catholicism, 16 Feb 2006
This review is from: Roman Catholicism
It's only a short booklet, but if you can get hold of it then I would say it's worth reading. The sermon takes Ephesians 6:11 as its text. It was part of the fairly exhaustive series on Ephesians that the Doctor preached at Westaminster Chapel over an eight year period, although it was not included in the original volumes.
Lloyd-Jones calls for a consideration of the Roman Catholic system and shows where he believes the church has erred from biblical teachings. The three errors he points out are;
1. Introducing idolatry and superstition.
2. The Church's teachings coming between us and the Lord Jesus Christ (e.g. the Church claiming she is essential for salvation).
3. Taking away the glory of the perfection and the completeness of the great salvation that Christ offers and gives.
Lloyd-Jones then concludes by calling Christians to be aware of such Roman Catholic teachings, and to know the truth of Scripture in order to be able to counter false teaching.
Although preached in the early sixties, I still think there are important lessons for us in this booklet today. This is a timely message for Christians.


Read Mark Learn
Read Mark Learn
by John Blanchard
Edition: Paperback
Price: 2.88

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through Mark's Gospel in a month., 16 Feb 2006
This review is from: Read Mark Learn (Paperback)
This is a brief devotional book, which will take you through the Gospel of Mark over a sixty-four day period. Each page contains the appropriate passage to be read for the day. This is then followed by a brief commentary on the passage which is helpful and practical. A handy book, in particular for someone just starting out in the christian faith.


The Plight of Man and the Power of God
The Plight of Man and the Power of God
by D. M. Lloyd-Jones
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God's character and man's need, 16 Feb 2006
Five messages preached by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones during the second world war. The messages are all taken from Romans chapter 1. In them the Doctor shows where men and women have gone wrong in their views on religion and morality. He explains man's condition as a sinner, and shows that this leads to the wrath of God being revealed against men. However, the Doctor doesn't end there. In the final chapter, he shows from Romans 1:16 that there is a hope for mankind, and that lies in the recovery of the Gospel message. As the Apostle Paul says, "it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone that believeth."
Although preached many years ago, the messages are still relevant for us today. It may be a brief book, but I would still encourage people to get hold of it, in order to help them understand the importance and nature of the Gospel.


Peace with God
Peace with God
by Billy Graham
Edition: Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True peace, 15 Feb 2006
This review is from: Peace with God (Paperback)
I'll recommend this book. It teaches us that in a world of turmoil and strife and uncertainty, there is hope. It shows us that we can know peace in the midst of our circumstances. It shows the way of salvation and true peace with God. This is only through Jesus Christ, God's only Son. Here's a message relevant for us in any generation.


I am Not Ashamed (Hodder Christian Essentials)
I am Not Ashamed (Hodder Christian Essentials)
by D. M. Lloyd-Jones
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul's farewell, 14 Feb 2006
This book contains a series of 11 sermons preached by Dr. Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel during 1964. The sermons are all based on Paul's words found in 2 Timothy 1:12: "I am not ashamed for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that, which I have committed unto Him until that day."
As Paul lies in prison, it was a difficult and testing time. His death was immanent, and his young friend Timothy, who had been put in charge of the church at Ephesus, would have been worried about the future of the Christian church. Many had already left the faith. Therefore, Paul writes to Timothy to encourage him.
Lloyd-Jones, in expounding this one verse, shows how to face life with all its uncertainty and difficulties. he shows us how Paul managed to triumph in spite of his hardships. Paul was able to cope, not as a result of stoicism or having a 'stiff upper lip,' but rather, as a result of a faith and confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ. Here's a message that's as relevant for us today as in the first century. You will find this book to be most challenging and uplifting.


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