Expositional Preaching – Contextualization

Preaching must be directed at a specific context. Preachers should be able to connect with their congregation and listeners. Helm emphasizes that contextualization in preaching is something different than trying to be “relevant.” This chapter address the problems that emerge when contextualization of the latter sort takes over the preacher when he is preparing his message.

Christ-Centered Preaching – Word and Witness

This chapter explores the theological motive and purpose of preaching. The goal of preaching is not focused on a mere communication of information. Preaching is a means of transformation ordained by God that affects the relationship between God and man. Chapell notes God's power in using the Scriptures, a power mediated by Jesus Christ through his Spirit. The preaching of Christ is a means through which the Holy Spirit exercises his work and power.

The Scriptures Testify about Me – Studying the Scriptures and Finding Jesus (John 5:31-47)

Chapter 1 is a consideration of the theme of preaching Jesus and the gospel from the Old Testament. The author develops his theme by reflecting on John 5:31-47. In this text the importance of Scripture as a witness to the mission of Jesus Christ is unfolded. John refers also to other witnesses: John the Baptist, Jesus’ own works, and the Father. The author continues with a defence of the Old Testament as part of the Christian canon.

John 3:35 – The Beauty and Glory of the Father – The Father's Love for His Son

This essay considers the love of the Father for the Son (John 3:35). It explores how the Gospel of John views the relationship between the Father and the Son and the significance of this relation for man as son of God. This leads to a consideration of the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ as God’s beloved Son.

Preaching Made Practical - The Nature of a Sermon

This book provides practice guidelines around preaching. The first chapter focuses on the nature of the sermon (What is a sermon?). The author defines the sermon as the "official, ministerial, public proclamation, explanation, illustration and application of the Word of God written as it reveals Christ to the church and to the world."

Redemptive-Historical Preaching Over Against Various Forms of Modern Exemplarism

This article shows the way exemplary preaching does injustice to scripture by discussing its use under liberation theology, theology of revolution, and feminism. The author shows that redemptive historical preaching is what should be emulated by pastors, since it is preaching that truly seeks to do justice to God's revelation throughout history.

Reformed Evangelism: Election and the Free Offer of the Gospel

In this article on election and the free offer of the gospel, the author looks at election in an evangelism and mission context. Things like the call of the gospel, the well-meant offer of the gospel in the preaching, the general (universal) calling and effectual calling, and unconditional election is discussed.

The Preacher as Listener: The Role of the Hearer in the Preaching of the Gospel

The standard approach to preaching has always been the explanation and application of Scripture. This article discusses new homiletics, a new approach to preaching. The author discusses the role of the preacher in these two methods, and draws conclusions about which method is better.

The "Signs of the Times" (3): "And So All Israel Shall Be Saved"

One of the signs of the times leading up to the return of Christ is the preaching of the gospel to the nations. In connection with this, Romans 11 says, "And so all Israel will be saved." How are we to understand this language of "all Israel" being saved? This article searches for the answer by first re­viewing some Old Testament promises regarding the res­toration and salvation of Israel.

The "Signs of the Times" (2): Preaching the Gospel to the Nations

One of the signs of the times is the preaching of the gospel. To appreciate the importance of this, the article first looks at the Old Testament anticipation of the universal preaching of the gospel, then considers the New Testament fulfillment of the promise of universal preaching. From there, the author expresses the great responsibility of the church today to preach the Word.