SCM Studyguide: Preaching
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This Study Guide provides an introduction to the practice of preaching. It is designed for people from various church traditions, in the early stages of ministerial formation.
Preaching is a complex and challenging business requiring a demanding mixture of skills. People listening to a sermon have the right to expect that a person who stands up to preach, can interpret the Bible competently, has a grasp of core Christian beliefs, and believes what they preach. They also expect someone who has the necessary range of communication skills to put the message across in an accessible way. Such a range of expectations presents daunting challenges to the most experienced preacher.
Preaching includes practical exercises which could be used by individuals or by groups. The book is suitable for introductory courses in preaching or for modules which consider preaching within an overall focus upon leading public worship.
Part 1: Preaching Matters
1. Why Bother with Preaching
Part 2: Preparing to Preach
2. A Journey into Three Worlds
3. Looking for Trouble
4. Preaching in Context
Part 3: Designing Sermons
5. A Recipe for Preaching
6. Creating a Sequence
7. Telling A Story
8. Painting a Picture
Part 4: Preaching and Performance
9. First Steps on the Preaching Journey
10. Performing the Sermon
Part 5: The Preaching Life
11. The Fully-Alive Preacher
"This thoughtful yet practical guide to the art of preaching is a brilliant resource both for those new to preaching and for experienced preachers who are looking for ideas to reinvigorate how they preach. It blends helpful theory with down-to-earth examples in such a way that captures and communicates Peter Stevenson's own passion for preaching. A must for every preacher's bookshelf." -- Paula Gooder, Theologian in Residence, Bible Society
"Peter Stevenson has spread a banquet before us: the table is groaning with rich food to nourish the novice preacher and sustain the seasoned practitioner. He offers us meaty questions and tasty tips, served up with multiple side servings of practical examples. This book is a veritable feast for all preachers." -- Kate Bruce, Cranmer Hall, Durham
"Peter Stevenson is an experienced and creative preacher and teacher of preaching. In this book he distils his wisdom in a wonderfully accessible and practical way. The plentiful examples and friendly style make this a gift for those at any stage of the preaching life, and for those who try to help and encourage them in their calling. I wholeheartedly commend it." -- Stephen I. Wright, Spurgeons College, London
"A book that is reassuringly abreast of the latest homiletical thought while managing to be thoroughly practical. A first class introduction to the craft of preaching.” -- David Day
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