Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in
Washington, DC, and president of 9Marks, is widely respected for
his efforts to build biblically faithful churches in America that
will impact the nations. In this book about one of the practical
distinctives of that work, Dever and his former student Greg
Gilbert offer a theological and practical guide emphasizing the
centrality of expositional preaching -- sermons intentionally
rooted in a specific Bible text.
Dever and Gilbert clearly explain how God exercises His divine
power through the Word, making it the basis of any relationship we
have with Him. Thus, preaching directly from Scripture should be at
the center of church life. Toward that goal, the authors give
practical advice on how pastors can decide what texts to preach on,
how to prepare and outline their sermons, and how to deliver and
review those presentations.
Pastors will especially appreciate the book’s final section:
transcripts of past sermons from Dever and Gilbert augmented by
insightful conversations between them about how each sermon was
planned and whether or not is was effectively implemented.