Biblical Preaching is a book written by Haddon W. Robinson that explains how to write a sermon and how to write a sermon outline with ease.
About The Author
Haddon W. Robinson has taught homiletics at Dallas Theological Seminary, Denver Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and in many other parts of the world. He received his Ph.D from the University of Illinois.
I had the opportunity to meet Haddon W. Robinson in a preaching class in 1992. Moreover, I had the opportunity to listen to him preach in person. I can understand why they call him one of the great homiletical professors in America.
Haddon loves preaching and he loves teaching preachers to preach the Word of God in a way that the message is easy to understand and easy to follow.
If you ever get the opportunity to hear Haddon W. Robinson preach in person, don’t let that opportunity slip you by because he is a great preacher of the Word of God.
Summary of Biblical Preaching by Haddon W. Robinson
Biblical Preaching is often equated with Expository Preaching. In Biblical Preaching, Haddon W. Robinson looks at the need for expository preaching. After all, God speaks through the Bible.
Haddon provides a very clear working definition for expository preaching.
Expository preaching is the communication of the biblical concept, derived from and transmitted through a historical, grammatical, and literary study of a passage in its context, which the Holy Spirit first applies to the personality and experience of the preacher, then through the preacher, applies to the hearers.
After reading the case for expository preaching, you will have a greater appreciation of expository preaching or biblical preaching.
What’s the big idea? The big idea is the single theme of the text or passage of Scripture you are going to communicate to your hearers. I called this the MAIN PREACHING POINT. Grasping this concept will allow you to preach sermons with cohesion and sequence, that is, a natural progressive flow.
The Tools of the Trade
In chapters 3-8, Haddon W. Robinson lays out the ten stages of sermon preparation.
- Select the passage
- Study the passage
- Discover the exegetical idea
- Analyze the exegetical data
- Formulate the homiletical idea
- Determine the sermon’s purpose
- Decide how to accomplish this purpose
- Outline the sermon
- Fill in the sermon outline
- Prepare the introduction and conclusion
Haddon packs a lot of information in these chapters. However, the single theme of communicating Scripture to your hearers is the most important when you are working your way through these ten (10) stages.
The closing chapters of Biblical Preaching deals with putting flesh on the sermon outline and the delivery of the sermon.
If you want to discover the benefits of expository preaching, then this book is a must for reading.
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Concluding Comments on Biblical Preaching
Biblical Preaching balances the practical how-to with sound homiletical theory. Ten sermon preparation stages surface that are content-oriented and follow the process of sermon-making from start to finish.
What I like about this book personally is that you can go back time and time again and refresh your understanding of the ten stages of sermon preparation. I just recently read the chapter on preparing the introduction and conclusion of the sermon. Encouragement Plus!