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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Biblical Preaching - Book Review Homiletics (the art of preaching)

Reading through an examination and explanation of true expository preaching in Haddon W. Robinson’s Biblical Preaching, has given me a proper understanding and knowledge of how to preach biblically. His book is the most popular preaching resource and I found it be insightful. I learned a lot from the wisdom of Robinson on how to be an effective communicator of God's Word.

Each preacher should teach the Bible as their main source of content and context. Robinson lays out the evidence for all ministers to teach the Word of God in order for them to develop and deliver their messages according to Sola Striptura.

Throughout the majority of the book, Robinson explains ten stages in developing expository messages. There were three principles that taught me important developmental steps to create a good sermon. They were (1) discovering the exegetical idea, (2) analyzing the exegetical idea, and lastly (3) formulating the homiletical idea to determine the purpose of the sermon.

Discovering the exegetical idea of a passage is important because it identifies a more precise statement of the subject in the text. Learning this principle has revealed to me the significance of digging deeper into the language of the Scriptures to see what the author intended to be the subject. Therefore, if I correctly define the main subject of the passage, it will make it easier to find the compliments that support the subject to put together an idea for a sermon.

Analyzing the exegetical idea of a passage is important because it examines how we relate the Word of God to life. Examining a passage of Scripture is necessary to find its meaning, validity, and application. Analyzing the text develops the thought of the original author and conveys biblical realities of truth to the audience. Failing to answer the questions of the passage is failing to answer the questions of the people (e.g. “Pastor, what does this Scripture mean?”). People need to know the simplicity of the Word because they are ordinary men and women who are in need of a Savior daily. For that reason, I need to preach the established validity of the Word based off the truth taught in Scripture in order to implement application in my sermon to teach people how to live for Christ.

Formulating the homiletical idea in a sermon is important because it is reflective of the entire purpose of the sermon. The statement is to be in modern language of today that explains the overall message of the sermon wrapped up in one sentence that should be easy to memorize or remember. I already do this, and found this chapter to be very helpful in making a more successful homiletical idea to declare the purpose of the sermon.

These three principles were the most influential in the book because they were convicting and encouraging. They convicted me because of the lack of preparation and dedication to study the text more intently due to the busyness of ministry and life in the hectic culture of today. However, they encouraged me to be more proactive in studying and thinking deeper on the Scripture to define a biblical purpose for every sermon I will preach over the course of my life.

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