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Reformed Preaching: Proclaiming God's Word from the Heart of the Preacher to the Heart of His People

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Preaching today all too often tragically misses the point.

We've all heard sermons that sound more like a lecture, filling the head but not the heart. And we've all heard sermons tailored to produce an emotional experience, filling the heart but not the head. But biblical preaching both informs minds and engages hearts--giving it the power to transform lives. By the
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Hardcover, 504 pages
Published October 31st 2018 by Crossway Books
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Matt Crawford
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book could have been named “Matt, this is what you need. “ 11/10 Would recommend. This book is going to demo down along with RC Sproul’s Holiness of God and Jonathan Edwards’ religious affections as the books which I will turn my understanding of my faith. Maybe my situation is different because I’m not a pastor I’m just a lay person with a love for theology. But the first part of the book shows a need for performed preaching. That’s not just for preachers but for all Christians because we ...more
John-Jennifer Divito
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is transformative, and I strongly encourage all of those in pastoral ministry or those who preach to read it. Out of all the books that I have read on preaching, this one was both different and memorable. Why? Four Reasons:

Biblically Faithful: Beeke roots his book in God's Word and the best of the Reformed and Puritan theological tradition. He understands the significance and purpose of preaching, which is why he is careful to keep us focused on the faithful proclamation of God's Word.
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David Steele
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Josh Robinson
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A modern day classic. No book on preaching that I've read since Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones speaks with this type of unction. It's more than mere mechanics and homiletics. It's logic on fire.
Joshua Jenkins
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you listen to Joel Beeke preach, you hear exactly what he’s talking about in this book.
Jacob London
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book is a treasure. Anyone who aspires to preach in a Reformed pulpit should read this book. Why? "Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness" (James 3:1). Because the standard is high, to speak on behalf of God who can think of a mightier task? Beeke reminds us that in our own strength we are failures, but let us haste to cast ourselves down before the throne of grace, lean upon Christ for strength, wisdom, ...more
Rachel
Jan 29, 2019 marked it as blog-guest-reviews
I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review @reformed_lifestyle on Instagram reviewed this book for my blog.

A culture that is so riffled with variations of truth being preached, a breath of fresh air is needed. The pulpit has turned into a stage, with big productions, huge screens and flashing lights. Music is played longer than a sermon is taught, and people flock to these productions’ week in and week out. We have given up doctrinal teaching for feel good
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James
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed this book. I loved the format of defining what reformed preaching is, giving historical/biographical examples and then giving practical pointers. I found it insightful, challenging and inspiring. A must read for anyone who preaches.

Had to take one star off as in my opinion the book could be shorter while still keeping all the things that make it great. It could have had fewer / more in depth historical case studies for example. I also found the very frequent use of
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Logan Almy
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I try to read one book on preaching every year, and this is the best I’ve ever read. I will turn to this rich volume for years to come.
Bob Priest
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all I am glad I read the Kindle version. I feel that if I saw the physical copy of this book I may have turned away. The volume is chock full of material. In typical Beeke fashion this volume is well researched, well documented and well presented. This is not just a book on how to write a sermon.

I was also intrigued by the title as I am used to seeing books about expository preaching, topical preaching, extemporaneous preaching, preaching to felt needs etc. My first wrong assumption was
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J.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Centrality Of Preaching
Preaching the Word of God is the central task of every Christian minister. Christ himself commissioned his ministers to feed Christ’s flock with the delicious life-giving food of God’s Word. Faith comes through hearing the Word of God. People are convicted, encouraged, rebuked, comforted, built up and matured by the means of the Scriptures. One cannot overstate the importance of preaching. Without faithful preaching, the Church ceases to exist. On account of these
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Chrys Jones
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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When it comes to Christian theology and the application of biblical truths, the Puritans are among my favorite to read and study. Aside from the Puritans themselves, the name that comes to mind when I think of them is Joel Beeke, a Puritan scholar of the highest order. Having been acquainted with the writings of the Puritans and the Reformers from his youth, he has read hundreds (perhaps thousands) of books filled with Puritan and reformed sermons.

When I saw that Beeke released Reformed
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Jim
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Speaking of the pastoral task of preaching Theodore Beza says this, "The Lord does not want only that we believe, but he wants us to believe from the heart. . . . [N]ever will a man be recognized as a Christian before God, unless he believes inwardly and shows it clearly on the outside." I don't have the responsibility of providing a weekly sermon but I am sure that it is safe to assume that this is the goal of many pastors, that their parishioners believe from the depth of their innermost ...more
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Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a valuable resource for all preachers to have, and to read. In it Beeke outlines what is called "Reformed experimental preaching." This is preaching that

-tests genuine Christian experience by the standard of biblical truth--idealistically, realistically, and optimistically;
-draws lines distinguishing believers and unbelievers;
-makes frequent and wise application of truth to life;
-balances biblical, doctrinal, experiential, and practical elements;
-cultivates a life of communion with our
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David Taylor
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Joel Beeke has come out with a call for reformed preaching. Reformed Preaching discusses what Joel calls Experiential Preaching. This is not to be confused with experimental.

The book begins with an examination of what experiential preaching is and challenges preachers to look at their methods of preaching to see if they are preaching to the heart and soul of those who hear the message. Beeke then proceeds to explain the elements of reformed preaching.

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Reformed Truth
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The Sovereignty
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David Goetz
A solid book on "Reformed experiential preaching" full of great quotations, clear and biblical thinking, confessional commitment, historical awareness, and pastoral sensitivity.

To be clear, this is not an instructional manual for sermon preparation. It is basically one long, multifarious essay pressing the point that "the objective always aims at the subjective" (353)--that the preacher proclaims the truth of the gospel in order to transform the affections and move the will. "To preach is to
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Jeremy Lee
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beeke's Reformed Preaching is one of those books to which I will refer often when I get a mental block during sermon preparation or for inspiration. The book is divided into three main sections: 1. Defining Reformed Experiential Preaching, 2. Illustrating it by historical examples, 3. Practical advice on how to preach experientially.

Beeke defines Reformed Experimental preaching as "preaching that applies the truth of God to the hearts of people to show how things ought to go, do go, and
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Dan
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is a lot of preaching today that is focused on bolstering the hearer. The illustrations and anecdotes are used to assume and enlighten those who need encouragement. Encouraging messages are needed at times. However, when they are all that a preacher uses then he does a colossal disservice to his listeners.

Joel R. Beeke has written a wonderful book on why it is vital that preachers teach both that which brightens the mind and calls the soul to act. True preaching shows the listener where
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Lachlan Phillips
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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What is the job of a godly preacher? It's to read and study the word of God — all of it, both comforting and warning — and have it sink down into his heart, and then explain and apply it to his people, with the aim of having it sink into their hearts. He needs to work hard to the best of his abilities, but also depend fully on the mighty power of the Holy Spirit. He needs to preach to believers and unbelievers. He needs to love Christ and always hold him up before his congregation.

I really
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Daniel Wells
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a unique, and overall helpful, book on preaching. The emphasis on what is known as experiential preaching makes it a nice companion to other homiletical textbooks which focus on other aspects of preaching.

My main critique is that it is imbalanced in structure and gets bogged down in the middle. The first few chapters define experiential preaching, and the final few chapters give some application, but the middle (15 chapters, about 250 pages) gives a historical account of examples of
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Colin Buchanan
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What is Reformed Preaching? The subtitle says it all: “Proclaiming God’s Word from the Heart of the Preacher to the Heart of His People”.

It’s a curious thing to encounter preaching that is biblical, exegetical, theologically orthodox, eager to nourish God’s people - yet still feel like something critical is missing. My preaching diet in my teen years was from a pulpit that was purposefully, deliberately reformed. It wasn’t all that self-conscious about it from memory, it just was.

What I smelt
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Nicholas Lewis
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Joel R. Beeke’s book captures the rich legacy of puritanical and reformational preaching with an extensive amount of primary sources, practical breakdowns, and rewarding stories of faithful preachers throughout the centuries.
Scott Hunt
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has been the most impactful book on preaching and ministry that I have ever read. This is a book that I have highlighted more than a dozen times while resisting to highlight entires pages. Read it, take notes, highlight, read it again. I will be revisiting this book for the rest of my life.
David Smithey
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book on Preaching!
This is one of those books to be read once a year to be reminded how we as Pastors should preach.

Love the history of preaching that is covered.
A different kind of book on preaching but one that is needed today.
Caleb Blake
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good information. But one thing that Beetle does not lack is words... there are other books that say the same thing in a lot less space.
Caleb Blevins
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beeke speaks of preaching with zeal and passion about doctrines and applying them to our lives and the lives of the congregation. This is a very encouraging and edifying book.
Logan Thune
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some pure gold in Parts 1 & 3. Part 2 got a little bit lengthy but was still a solid survey of preachers from history.
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Dr. Joel R. Beeke serves as President and Professor of Systematic Theology, Church History, and Homiletics. He has been in the ministry since 1978 and has served as a pastor of his current church since 1986. He is also editor of the Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed ...more