Bryan Chapell, Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon. Second Edition. Baker, pages. $ “Three points. When we speak of Christ-centered preaching, it is hard not to think and speak of Bryan Chapell, the President Emeritus of Covenant Seminary. Chapell, Bryan. Christ-centered preaching: redeeming the expository sermon / Bryan Chapell.—2nd ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.
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We should not expect our words to acquaint others with the power of the Spirit if we have not met with him. We must always remember that popular acclaim is not necessarily the same as spiritual effectiveness.
The technical excellence of a message may rest on your skills, but the spiritual efficacy of your message resides with God. We recognize that our hearts are too lacking in purity to lead others to holiness. Honest evaluation inevitably causes us to conclude that we do not have sufficient eloquence, wisdom, or character to be capable of turning others from spiritual death to eternal life.
Preaching without application may serve the mind, but preaching with application results in service to Christ. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.
We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were chris-centered looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else.
As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of Christ-centeres but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. Modern trends in preaching that deny the authority of the Word 8 in the name of intellectual sophistication lead to a despairing subjectivism in which people do what is right in their own eyes— a state whose futility Scripture has clearly articulated Judg.
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But when I describe some factors that contributed to my mood, you are brought into the experience and feel with me. To re-create a moving situation is quite different from testifying to having been deeply moved.
Anything that moves you can move your listeners—provided they are brought into firsthand encounter with stimuli that produced the emotion. If preachers do not bring an audience to the edge of wonder, grief, anger, confusion, fear, or discovery, then their words have no point—no hook on which to hang meaning.
The internal tensions of illustrations hold a congregation because they spotlight the very types of experiences that bring people to hear the minister.
Thoughts you cannot christ-cnetered at 3: In other words, preaching is not an imitative exercise. Every preacher is to regard himself as an original exhibitor and enforcer of the terms of human salvation; a channel of gracious speech, markedly different from every other.
It is these live men whom God supremely christ-centsred men who have eaten the word, as a prophet did, and into whom it has passed to become a perpetual throb in their hearts; so that when it comes forth again, it will proceed upon its errand, bearing the warmth of their innermost experiences; those experiences wherein are traced the musings which continued until they could find vent only in fire; the fire that burns quickly into other souls, melts where it burns, and remoulds where it melts.
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