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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It is by a long shot the best and most stimulating book I have read on the subject. This book is obviously the fruit of wisdom gained from preaching, from thinking about preaching, and from thinking about teaching others to preach.

Sign in with Facebook Sign in preachnig. The last part of the book, dealing with ‘a theology of Christ-centered messages,’ is a substantially new contribution and much needed.

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He also provides help for special preaching situations. The book crystallizes the essence of expository preaching and presents clear, transferable principles for preaching effectively. The second edition contains updates and clarifications, allowing this classic to continue to serve the needs of budding preachers. Kooienga, Christian Renewal “A beneficial sourcebook of ideas for methods, structures, and resources for preaching Christ in expository sermons.

It will help you greatly as you seek, with God’s help, to meet the challenges of preaching. Christ-Centered Preaching will make a difference to generations of seminary students and to generations of Christians who will hear them preach.

In other words, an excellent text for those preparing for the ministry and a great refresher for those already in ministry. Neither is it some jargon-ridden, dry academic book fit only for the scholar. I hope it will be used to train those who fill the church’s pulpits for many years to come.

I found the work to be scholarly in its research base, balanced in its argument, succinct and focused in its presentation, creative in its emphases, seminal in its potential, and also delivered with some panache, a vivacity uncommon enough in preaching volumes to be itself quite remarkable. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness.


WarrenBibliotheca Sacra. This book is written carefully and clearly, formatted helpfully, and is comprehensive in scope. A must for every preacher who would handle Scripture in a proper manner. This innovative discussion of the authority and redemptive power of the Scriptures when exposed uses all the insights gleaned from contemporary studies in communications dynamics.

Chapell’s seminary students sit at the feet of a master preacher. That is the stuff of which good textbooks are made. In addition the presentation of a ‘theology of Christ-centered preaching’ is excellent. The author is obviously well acquainted with the substantial literature on the subject of preaching and effectively uses that knowledge to support ministry centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

An excellent introduction to expository preaching that deserves its second edition. I have benefited hugely from the book. The nature of the content included, the form and structure in which it is presented, the clear and concise illustrative material, the practical application of the principles delineated, and the consistent focus on the subject without digression chapel, Christ-centered preaching all combine to make this a most helpful work.

The only downside to this book for me is a sense of frustration at not having had this man train me to preach. Chapell covers a variety of aspects of expository preaching but focuses on the preparation of such sermons, christc-entered the reader through the process from exegesis to outlining, to delivery.

My own philosophy of preaching is that when the congregants leave the sanctuary, they should be focused on Christ and not on themselves. Preaching without application may serve the mind, but preaching with application results in service to Christ. The layout is logical, the outlines are clear, and the understanding of communication chhapell shrewd. I am strongly supportive of Chapell’s main thesis.

We should not expect our words to acquaint others with the power of the Spirit if we have not met with him. Redeeming the Expository Sermon.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Hogan, former professor emeritus of preaching, Reformed Theological Seminary “The strong technical and philosophical underpinnings behind Christ-Centered Preaching are wonderfully illumined by its high oreaching of readability. Careful study and implementation of this book may revolutionize your preaching! 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.


It is both clear and comprehensive. It is a great contribution to preachers, and Byan feel as if I received a seminary education in reading it. Throughout the book, one feels close to a godly man with a bryyan mind and a sensibly balanced approach.

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A tremendous number of books on preaching deal only with technique, and what is seriously lacking is one that deals with preaching as it pertains to exposition. Hcrist-centered combines practical and realistic guidance on the basics with a theological depth and sensitivity to the ways in which Christ the Redeemer has met the needs of our fallen condition.

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. I plan to use this book in my exegetical models course. Chapell offers exactly such a model, and I recommend it with enthusiasm.

My congregation will thank him. This book is simply a ‘must’ for every student and pastor.

All in all, a fine publication, from which even seasoned preachers will profit, let alone beginners. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. In addition, they powerfully illustrate the method Chapell prescribes for sermonizing by requiring a thoughtful rethinking of the matter and by making the content of each chapter concrete.

Why not give yourself and your congregation a chance. Anything that moves you can move your listeners—provided they are brought into firsthand encounter with stimuli that produced the emotion. Numerous appendixes address many practical issues.

This book can help preachers preach expository messages, faithful to the text, with a redemptive aim and Christological focus. I’d recommend it for Bible colleges, seminaries, pastoral internships, or pastors’ studies.

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