July 6, 2007

"Hmmm, read any good books on the subject of preaching lately?"

As recorded on PastorBlog.com, Conrad Mbewe, pastor of a church in Zambia , was recently asked, "What books on preaching, or exemplars of it, have you found most influential in your own preaching?
He answered, "The sermons of Charles Haddon Spurgeon come immediately to mind. In the early years of my Christian life, I used to preach some of them out to an empty church building. Well, it was not completely empty because I had a few of my friends sitting in the pews, but it was not a worship service either.
"Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Evangelistic Sermons and his Old Testament Evangelistic Sermons (both published by the Banner of Truth Trust) are great examples of evangelistic preaching. One can add to this his expositions in Romans and Ephesians. Those sermons are worth their weight in gold! You will notice, therefore, that I have learnt more from books that contain sermons rather than books that teach how to preach."