“I would not be who I am and I would not be doing what I do if it were not for God’s grace toward me through the reading and applying of this book.” --David Platt.
It’s still used in Bible schools and seminaries today, and it shows no signs of slowing down: Power in the Pulpit is an ideal introduction to preaching.
Dr. Jerry Vines and Dr. Jim Shaddix have achieved a balanced approach to sermon preparation in Power in the Pulpit. This primer combines the perspective of a pastor of forty years with that of someone who devotes daily time to training pastors in the context of theological education. It offers practical preaching instruction from a tradition that sees biblical exposition as a paramount and frequent event in the life of the local church.
Power in the Pulpit is the combined work of Dr. Vines's two earlier publications on preaching: A Practical Guide to Sermon Preparation (Moody Publishers, 1985) and A Guide to Effective Sermon Delivery (Moody Publishers, 1986). Dr. Shaddix carefully organized and supplemented the material to offer this useful resource that closes the gap between classroom theory and what a pastor actually experiences in his weekly sermon preparation.
Preface to the Revised Edition 11
Preface to the First Edition 13
Part 1 The Preparation for Exposition
1 Defining the Task: A Philosophy of Expository Preaching 23
2 Laying the Foundation: A Theology for Expository Preaching 59
3 Developing the Preacher: The Life of the Expositor 95
Part 2 The Process of Exposition
4 Studying the Text: The Interpretation Process 139
5 Organizing the Sermon: Unifying and Outlining 181
6 Organizing the Sermon: Amplifying, Introducing, and Concluding 215
Part 3 The Presentation of the Exposition
7 Expressing the Thoughts: The Development of Preaching Style 251
8 Playing the Voice: Proper Use of the Preaching Instrument 283
9 Making the Connection: Preaching with Heart and Head 313
10 Preaching the Word: Keys to Effective Physical Delivery 351
Appendix 1 Observation Example 407
Appendix 2 Structural Diagram 408
Appendix 3 Sermon Summary Sheet 411
Appendix 4 Relaxation Exercises 412
Appendix 5 Breathing Exercises 414
Recommended Bibliography 417
Scripture Index 421
Subject Index 429