Yesterday I read Preparing Expository Sermons by Ramesh Richard, a professor at Dallas Seminary and the leader of Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Helps (RREACH). This book has many virtues, foremost among them brevity and a crystal-clear structure. Dr. Richard proposes a seven-step method he calls Sermon Sculpture. The method must work because I found myself repeating it when I woke up this morning. Unlike many books on preaching that tend to wander off in all directions, this one stays focused on communicating those seven steps. As one who has preached for almost 30 years, I found it a helpful refresher on the art and science and creative discipline of sermon-making. Finally, this book has the additional advantage of having been field-tested in many nations, thus freeing it from an exclusive focus on preaching in American churches. If you want to know how to preach biblical sermons, start here. Each chapter is clear, concise and right to the point, just like a good sermon should be. If more pastors preached using this method, we would have stronger churches because our people would be receiving solid food every Sunday.
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