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Preaching with Purpose: The Urgent Task of Homiletics [Paperback]

By Jay Edward Adams (Author)
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This book was written to help ministers and students discover the purpose of preaching and the ways that Scripture informs and directs the preaching task.

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"The amazing lack of concern for purpose among homileticians and preachers has spawned a brood of preachers who are dull, lifeless, abstract and impersonal; it has obscured truth, hindered joyous Christian living, destroyed dedication and initiative, and stifled service for Christ." Jay Adams, from the book Preaching needs to become purposeful, says Jay Adams, because purposeless preaching is deadly. This book was written to help preachers and students discover the purpose of preaching has and the ways that the Scriptures inform and direct the preaching task. Preaching with Purpose, like the many other books of Jay Adams, speaks clearly and forcefully to the issue. Having read this book, both students and experienced preachers will be unable to ignore the urgent task of purposeful preaching. And the people of God will be the better for it."

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1986
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  18
Series  The Jay Adams Library  
ISBN  0310510910  
ISBN13  9780310510918  
UPC  025986510916  

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Excellent basics and overview  Jan 10, 2006
Jay Adams covers the fundamentals in great preaching in this book. There is no fluff or beating around the bush. He simply states the basics of great preaching and the purpose by which it comes. I recommend it to any preacher, if nothing else, as a refresher in what is important in preaching. Covering the basics, he also gives references if you want to do further digging in.
Many solid truths buried in a box of razorblades.  Nov 24, 2001
In this book, Jay Adams does an excellent job of advocating purposeful preaching; he rightly portrays the alternative as a deadly practice of obscuring truth. His description of finding the telos, or end, of a passage of scripture to determine its chief meaning is right on target and could help any pastor keep his preaching on track.

However, the value of this book is damaged by Adams' arguments. The problem is not what he says, but rather how he says it. Adams attacks anyone and everyone he can get his hands on, from today's preachers to professors in academic institutions to the churchgoing public and more. While he has a right to criticize what he sees as wrong, the aggressiveness with which he criticizes reduces his credibility.

Adams also has a bad habit of quoting himself. Not that a writer should not make reference to his other works, but Adams frequently quotes himself when he could just as easily and more forcefully refer to the works of others. This habit sometimes makes him sound arrogant and unread.

Don't get me wrong - this is a solid book, and Adams has many good things to say about the weight and purpose of preaching. Any preacher should digest what Adams has to say. But when you read this book, be warned: Some of those razorblades are sharp.

Preach it, Jay!  Aug 1, 2000
Like Pee Wee Herman, you either love Jay Adams or hate him. He (Adams) never backs away from a fight, and never hesitates to state his case with force and assurance. Thankfully, these qualities make "Preaching With Purpose" a delightful book. Adams cuts through the padding found in so many homiletics texts and serves the prime rib sans gluey gravy. The title pretty much gives the book away (as a good title should): Adams expects you to learn to find the God-given purpose ("telos" in Greek) in every text. Purpose is not just for your choice of verses however; it extends to your gestures, illustrations, etc. This "telic" purpose of preaching immediately eliminates much of the rambling and sidebars that obscure the plain message of the Gospel, much like Adams' compact style eliminates much of the wasted ink in many preaching textbooks. In 162 pages (including the index) he covers everything from choice of text to style of delivery. The section on finding illustrations (hint: he doesn't like books of illustrations, so you won't find any recommended titles here...) is alone worth the price of the book! I have yet to see a preacher who couldn't benefit from continued study of homiletics. Why not start here?
How to Hone your Homiletics  Jul 21, 2000
Adams, a propenent of "nouthetic" counselling, applies Biblical principles to the urgent task of preaching the Word. He issues forth the call for purposeful preaching, in which the "telos" of the passage of Scripture in question is sought out, applied, and implemented through creative textual preaching. Topics such as the preacher's stance, outline, introductions, conclusions, invitations, illustrations, counselling, and application are covered. Adams may be overly critical of the traditional scholastic method of preaching (embodied by the English Puritans) and the one gaping hole of the book is the lack of emphasis on prayer and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, but there are some invaluable principles to be gleaned as well. Of great help was the chapter on "Gathering Storytelling Materials", where Adams gives a plan by which to learn how to illustrate starting in your study. He claims that six months worth of preaching illustrations are to be found in the normal study! Also of interest is his idea of a six-month preaching plan. Some good books to balance this one are Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones and The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper.

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