Preach the Word
Preaching is both an art and a science. The good preacher has not only mastered the rules of hermeneutics and homiletics but also has imagination, flair, and personality to make his sermons live. In the text by Alfred P. Gibbs, you will learn the importance of homiletics, the qualifications of the preacher, the necessity for preaching, and the ‘how-to’s’ for the deliverance of many types of sermons.
This text will help you master the techniques of opening up a passage of Scripture. You will learn the basic principles of Bible interpretation. You will study ways of gathering material to put together in a logical manner and present it with conviction and power. The text material gives facts; the exams help you to put the facts into actual use.
Alfred P. Gibbs (1890-1967) was a man born to preach. Brought up with his twin brother Edwin in South Africa, both boys early came to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Edwin (1890-1968) stayed on in South Africa to pursue a fruitful evangelistic and Bible teaching work. Alfred studied at Moody Bible Institute in Chicagoand thereafter carried on an itinerant Bible teaching and writing ministry, chiefly in the United States and Canada. Gibbs published his first book, The Marvelous City of Mansoul in 1926. In all he wrote fourteen books and booklets, including Christian Baptism, The Lord’s Supper, Scriptural Principles of Gathering, andWorship. All his books have intensity like the man who wrote them. He was full of his subject. He also composed poetry and wrote Christian hymns. Gibbs never married, considering himself a eunuch for thekingdom of God. He was a model of the advice he gave, he was a spiritual man and a practical man, and fun to be with besides. For Gibbs, to hold forth the Word of life was a lifetime passion. This is evident in Gibbs’ helpful companion book, Through the Scriptures, which is a workbook of Bible outlines culled from Gibbs’ own preaching.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1 The Meaning and Importance of Homiletics
Chapter 2 The Qualifications of a Preacher
Chapter 3 The Necessity for Preaching
Chapter 4 The Necessity for Preaching
Chapter 5 The Sermon and Its Structure
Chapter 6 The Sermon and Its Structure
Chapter 7 The Preparation of the Sermon
Chapter 8 Testimony Sermons; Expository Sermons
Chapter 9 Textual Sermons; Topical Sermons
Chapter 10 Historical-Incident Sermons; Biographical Sermons
Chapter 11 The Delivery of the Sermon
Chapter 12 The Delivery of the Sermon