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Preparing Sermons from the Page to the Pulpit: Exegesis to Exposition in Seven Steps

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A step-by-step guide to preparing effective expository sermons

Pastors love studying God’s word. But it can be difficult to take the things they’ve learned from exegesis and apply them to the soul of a congregation. In Preparing Sermons from the Page to the Pulpit: Exegesis to Exposition in Seven Steps, veteran pastor and seminary professor Wayne Baxter helps pastors move from study to sermon. In seven steps, preachers are guided to take their exegetical analysis of a Scripture passage and turn it into an effective expository sermon.

Preachers and seminarians will be helped by Baxter’s expertise as they grow in crafting compelling sermons.

Praise for Preparing Sermons from the Page to the Pulpit

Preparing expository sermons—involving the central movement from text to sermon—can at times be a tricky and daunting process for many preachers. Yet, with the head and erudition of a Greek and New Testament scholar, the heart and empathy of a pastor, and the hands and experience of an applicator, Baxter employs the helpful metaphors of editor, reader, auditor, theologian, and coach, to show us a clear and practical pathway toward more faithful biblical exposition. Baxter's book is not just worth the read but more importantly worth the wisdom it imparts.

—Matthew D. Kim, professor of practical theology and the Hubert H. and Gladys S. Raborn Chair of Pastoral Leadership at Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University; author of Preaching to a Divided Nation and Preaching to People in Pain

The pathway from exegesis to exposition often seems unclear and unmarked. In Preparing Sermons from the Page to the Pulpit, Wayne Baxter provides a detailed map for the journey. Preachers who want to follow the trail of the text as they prepare to preach will find Baxter to be a most helpful guide.

—Rick Reed, president of Heritage College and Seminary

Moving from exegesis to exposition, from the study to the pulpit, is no easy task for preachers—especially novice ones. Wayne Baxter has created a helpful resource that leads preachers to accomplish this very goal. In Preparing Sermons from the Page to the Pulpit, Baxter gives clear steps and concrete examples of how to turn an exegetical outline into a homiletical one. Thus, he instructs preachers to deliver sermons that are truly anchored in and stemming from the biblical text without drifting into presenting sermons that merely tickle ears and lack biblical rootedness. This book will be a valuable resource in both the professor’s classroom and pastor’s study.

—Eric Rivera, assistant professor of pastoral theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; lead pastor at The Brook, Chicago

  • Introduction
  • Keeping It Together
  • Discerning the Big Picture
  • Outlining the Passage
  • The Outline Before the Outline
  • Managing the Minutiae
  • Making Theological Connections
  • Becoming Doers
  • Conclusion
  • Title: Preparing Sermons from the Page to the Pulpit: Exegesis to Exposition in Seven Steps
  • Author: Wayne Baxter
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Pages: 200
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 5x8
  • ISBN: 9781683596875

Wayne Baxter is professor of New Testament and Greek at Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.


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  1. Tim Hensler

    Tim Hensler


    Wayne Baxter provides a logical process with clear steps and helpful examples. The process is easy to follow and works great for preparing lessons to teach as well as sermons to preach. It helps to keep you "faithful to the text" and "functional for today" (as Robert Morgan would say). This is worthy of a Logos Workflow for lesson and sermon preparation. I highly recommend this book for teachers as well as preachers.


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