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