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. Christ-Centered Preaching will make a difference to generations of seminary . The best book I have read is Bryan Chapell’s, Christ-Centered Preaching.

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Chapell just offers so many practical gems that seem to set Christ-Centered Preaching above so many other prezching on preaching: Following the lead of literary scholars like Robert Alter and Eric Auerbach, Paul Ricoeur stressed the incomparable power of biblical narrative to affect the reader cwntered hearer. A praise Psalm should elicit a sermon of praise to God. This new edition of a bestselling resource, now updated and revised throughout, shows how Chapell’s case for expository chapsll reaches twenty-first-century readers.

I have benefited hugely from the book. It cenetred be beneficial for the ordering of these things to be reversed and then condensed. Quotes from Christ-Centered P His constant use of the Fallen Condition Focus is not really helpful in this area. I was technically “reading” this book for almost 2 years, it’s much too good of a book to give up on, but both dense and not exactly gripping. I should have thumbed through the book in advance.

Kleinau, associate professor emeritus of speech communication, Southern Illinois University “I have read dozens of books on preaching.

In fact, I plan to use this material when I teach expository preaching. Methods of Presentation 6. It is not supplemental, but subversive. For example, Chapell talks about guidelines in chapter three that are essentially repeated in chapter eleven in grater detail.

The author writes clearly and well. After surveying these various models, Chapell reaches this conclusion: Sproul, founder and chairman, Ligonier Ministries “Christ-Centered Preaching is a thoughtful, balanced, and helpful guide to what expository preaching in the Reformed tradition has been, can be, and needs to be again.

The Gospel is brywn on Jesus birth, sacrificial death, and resurrection, and that is what gives real power to the sermon. Also the general idea of being Christ-Centered is a good one and while I maybe don’t agree with all of the things he says about doing that, the concept overall is one I heartily agree with.


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I still wonder if a FCF is applicable in every text and if connecting every sermon to the larger narrative of redemption is possible, at least the way Chapell suggests. Return to Book Page.

I am eager for my students–and every serious preacher–to read this new edition and let its rich and comprehensive contribution bear lasting fruit in faithful preaching. This book is written carefully and clearly, formatted helpfully, and is comprehensive in scope.

I picked it up expecting to hone my preaching techniques and found myself learning to read my entire Bible as a testimony to Christ’s redeeming work. As with most second editions it seeks to clarify and supplement the previous edition.

The chapters go into a lot of detail about the “nuts and bolt” of preparing sermons and “why” they are prepared that way. Throughout the book, one feels close to a godly man with a clear mind and a sensibly balanced approach.

In short, the FCF will be some aspect of the human condition we face while living in a fallen world. Despite the range of topics covered in Christ-Centered Preaching, Chapell strives for a modest, singular goal: Chapell’s aim is not merely homiletical; it is ultimately theological. An excellent introduction to expository preaching. The questions and exercises at the end of each chapter are very useful in clarifying the material that precedes them.

Lists with This Bryaan. Some sections are just too long and muddled.

Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Bryan Chapell

The book crystallizes the essence of expository preaching and presents clear, transferable principles for preaching effectively. Conclusion I recently read through Christ-Centered Preaching for the third time.

Oct 01, Ryan Linkous rated it really liked it. 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. This book was excellent! Christ-Centered Preaching is perhaps a modern classic and certainly one of the greatest preaching texts of the last 30 years or more.


I know these ideas don’t have to be divorced, but most methods of Christ-centered preaching don’t focus on the more challenging sections of the OT where the method seems less plausible Sidney Greidanus sort of does, but I’m not convinced by his method. Any seminarian or preacher, however long in the ministry, can profit from what is found in these pages.

I do, but I do also believe the the Holy Spirit is active in them too and not just in the one giving the sermon.

Preaching itself feels easier and more rewarding. For one, here is a book that is clearly written, well illustrated, complete with questions and exercises. It has always been a problem for me that available preaching texts were either strong on theology or strong on technique. Christ is the message of preachers, and this book will enable preachers to lift him up in ways that will change lives. The first section of the book surprised me as it was easy and preaxhing enjoyable to read and was full of insight.

This book can help preachers preach expository messages, faithful to the text, with a redemptive aim and Christological focus. I just felt he didn’t do a good job meshing these ideas. It combines practical and realistic guidance on the basics with a theological depth and sensitivity to the ways in cbapell Christ the Redeemer has met the needs of our fallen condition. Dec 19, Bill rated it really liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

This week’s sermon is already altered, and I have been reminded of some things I had long forgotten. In this classic text on the foundations for Christ-centered expository preaching, Dr.

This book will be in the classrooms and on the desks of preachers for years to come.

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