I Believe in Preaching Paperback – 1 Feb 1982
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Reissued as part of the Hodder Contemporary Classics collection, former Rector Emeritus of All Souls Langham Place John Stott's personal message on the importance of preaching is as relevant and challenging today. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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John Stott is regarded as key influence in modern-day Christianity whose work has shaped the faith of a generation. Alongside a worldwide teaching and preaching ministry, he founded the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and was Rector of All Souls, Langham Place --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The book covers the whole theme of preaching under eight sections, each with small chapters within it. Among them are: theological foundations for preaching, the call to study, preparing sermons, sincerity and earnestness and, at the end, courage and humility. Stott sets out how God has always used preachers and preaching to communicate his message. We have, he insists, a God who speaks, and the Bible is God's words as well as God's Word. God calls people through the faithful preaching of that word, but it requires commitment, preparation and the right attitude from those who would have that ministry.
Here is an exploration of all that is central about the art and craft of the sermon, and that fundamentally our task is the accurate exposition of what the Bible itself says; that it is God's word that has the power to change lives, not the preacher.
There are many excellent books on this theme in the shops: 'Expositional Preaching' by David Helm and Timothy Keller's 'Preaching', both at the introductory end of the scale. For a more heavyweight approach there is 'Speaking God's Words' by Peter Adam. But with Stott you not only get practical instruction, you get the accumulated lifetime wisdom and insight of a master. While the book is not in any sense a biography, I suspect it tells just about everything that mattered most to Stott in his lifetime. For that reason it would be an enlightening read for any Christian, but for anyone who preaches it is pure gold.