Because he believed in the importance of preaching in our age, the author wrote this book “to be read by every Protestant desirous of deepening in his acquaintance with the goal, power, and relevance of preaching; to permit him to profit as much as possible from this preaching; to help him, layman or preacher, become conscious of his own personal responsibility in the preaching of the church.” Chapters are devoted to such topics as preaching as a means of grace and the content, relevance, and characteristics of good preaching.
Table of Contents
- Forewords (by Joseph A. Pipa, Jr., Rob Roy McGregor, Pierre Marcel, and Howard Griffith)
- Introduction (by William Childs Robinson)
- Commissions and Witness
- The Power of the Preaching of the Word: The Personal Action of the Holy Spirit
- The Preaching of the Word: A Means of Grace Instituted by God
- The Content of Preaching
- The Relevance of Preaching
- The Characteristics of Relevant Preaching
Pierre Marcel (1910-1992) was Pastor of the Reformed congregation at St. Germain-en-Laye, near Paris until his retirement in 1969. He founded the Calvinist Society of France, and its theological journal La Revue Reformee.
“What a treasure! Marcel unfolds Calvin’s theology of preaching, exposing the reader to valuable material once available only in French. He demonstrates the power of preaching and its importance in the expansion of Christ’s kingdom.”
– Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr., President, Professor of Systematic and Homiletical Theology, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
“It presents powerfully and sweetly the great calling of God to proclaim the saving message of Christ’s death and resurrection.”
– Howard Griffith (1954-2019), Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington D.C.
“Among its many excellencies, this work stresses the value of an objective guide for the minister of the Word in planning his preaching…. This work is to be commended most of all for the manifold emphases which it places upon the Holy Spirit and His work in inspiring the Word, in directing the preacher both in preparing and in delivering the sermon, and in opening the hearts of the hearers.”
– William Childs Robinson (1897-1982), Professor of Church History Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA