The apostle Paul instructed Timothy to “preach the word! . . . Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Tim. 4:2). This instruction is in keeping with the principle reflected in the book of Acts that the proclamation of God’s Word is the heart of corporate worship. Yet in many churches, preaching is in decline under the influence of a culture that prefers entertainment to exposition. In this volume, fourteen experienced preachers reaffirm the centrality of preaching in the life of the church as they explore what the Scriptures have to say about the mandate, meaning, motivation, and method of preaching. With wisdom and conviction, the authors remind the church that God works through the faithful preaching of His Word, no less in the twenty-first century than in the first.
Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.
Dustin W. Benge is the editor for Expositor Magazine and the Director of Operations for OnePassion Ministries.
“When you mention the name Steven J. Lawson, one word comes to mind: preaching. But with Dr. Lawson, one word won’t do. It’s passion-filled-to-overflowing preaching. It’s bold, persuasive, and powerful preaching. Above all, it’s expository preaching. These essays by Dr. Lawson’s friends honor him and the legacy of his ministry in the best possible way by offering an exposition of expository preaching. May these essays, like Dr. Lawson’s ministry, bear much fruit in the life of the church.” — Stephen J. Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries
“In His providence God has sent out a great company of preachers to proclaim the unsearchable riches of Christ. In this volume you will find some of that glorious company whose own ministries have blessed the church globally coming together to honor a dear, humble, and gracious brother whose ministry has been an enormous blessing to us all. They address the great themes that lie closest to the heart of Steven Lawson and have been the very pulse of His ministry of the Word over many years. It gives me the most enormous joy to commend this volume and add my voice to those who honor a faithful and fruitful preacher of the glorious gospel of our blessed God.” — Liam Goligher, senior pastor, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
“This book marks well the ministry of Steve Lawson. His example of exegetically grounded, doctrinally informed, homiletically precise style of energetic proclamation has been one of the most salutary phenomena in Christian preaching in decades. The names of those who consented to write chapters attest to this judgment. Here we find in admirable, inviting display a comprehensive handbook on the craft of preaching. The importance and necessity of preaching, its history, its biblical foundations, its theology and teleology, the intrinsic excellence of the genre of preaching, and other interesting and vital subjects form a theoretical foundation for justifying the calling. Other chapters give insight, biblically and experientially informed, on the issues of preparation and delivery. This book not only draws immediate attention to the faithful ministry of Steve Lawson but should also serve perennially as a guide from mature and holy minds on how best to obey the divine mandate, ‘Preach the Word.’” — Tom J. Nettles, retired professor of historical theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, and senior professor of historical theology