Item description for How to Prepare Bible Messages by James Braga...
Overview Using recognized public speaking techniques combined with time-tested theories of preaching, here's a logical, step-by-step guide to preparing and delivering an effective sermon.
Publishers Description Give Your Best Sermon Ever--Every Time Newly edited for today's readers, this time-tested book combines recognized public speaking techniques with proven theories of preaching to equip you for the pulpit. Author James Braga provides pastors and message-givers anywhere in ministry with logical, step-by-step guidance to preparing and delivering effective sermons. Each chapter thoroughly defines and describes each critical component of a sermon, from the introduction to illustrations and the conclusion. 35th Anniversary Edition - Updated for the 21st Century A How-To That Delivers Since 1969, "How to Prepare Bible Messages" has been a pastor's most trusted source for preparing and delivering sermons that change lives. And for good reason. James Braga's clear and logical method combines effective techniques for public speaking with time-tested theories of teaching. His instructions are so simple even a novice can follow them. From the title to the conclusion and the lessons in between, Braga leaves no question unanswered. "How to Prepare Bible Messages" is a recognized classic--and your key to powerfully conveying God's Word to a hungry people Story Behind the Book When this book was originally published in 1969, James Braga understood that in order for God's Word to impact His sheep in a life-changing way, the messenger had to do his job exceedingly well. Now, more than thirty years later, the guidance Braga provides pastors, youth leaders, and speakers of all kinds for preparing and delivering effective Bible messages stands stronger than ever. Time-tested and true, his words provide insight, guidance, and tangible steps for answering God's call to deliver His message with excellence.
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More About James Braga
James Braga was born in 1906 in the British colony of Hong Kong, the eighth of thirteen children. In 1949 he joined the faculty of Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon, where he taught homiletics, methods of Bible study, and missions for twenty-six years. Following his retirement in 1975, he continued as the school s chaplain for several more years and was widely loved and respected. He died in 1994, leaving a lasting legacy for his dedication to overseas missionaries and teachers."
Reviews - What do customers think about How to Prepare Bible Messages?
Good book Oct 31, 2008
This is ok for a beginner on preparing a message, but I'd rather have the Holy Spirit help me. This is to written in stone for me.
Christian Service Jun 25, 2008
This is a great reference book to prepare messages and studies. You don't have to be a preacher to enjoy this book.
The best book for beginners Dec 31, 2007
I used this book in my freshman year of college in our preacher boy class. Even after seminary, I believe it is the most well written book I am familiar with for students of the Bible who want to learn how to put together a sermon, devotional, Sunday School lesson, or a simple challenge.
Braga uses a method of preparation that has not been typically used in conservative Christianity. That method is defined as propositional teaching/preaching. Instead of approaching a portion of Scripture and drawing attention to every idea in the text, he teaches the reader how to pull out one single thought or "big idea" to center the lesson or sermon around. A sermon does not have to be about 100 different topics that no one will remember. In fact, Braga emphasizes the importance of letting your audience leave with one complete theme that has been reinforced multiple times in multiples ways throughout your whole message. In my opinion, this is the clearest method of teaching for the listener.
Braga covers topical messages (sermons/lessons taken from many different parts of Scripture), textual messages (sermons/lessons taken for one individual piece of Scripture and reinforced with other passages), and expository messages (sermons/lessons taken solely from one individual text.)
I am not sure what paper quality has to do with reading this book, maybe someone should have exchanged the book for a better copy. The book is perfectly legible and an excellent purchase. I recommend it to all church members who want to learn how to teach the Bible.
Preparation for speaking in church Mar 29, 2007
Not a very easy to read book, partly because the paper quality is awful. Couldn't really get to read it, as I was put off by the whole presentation. Perhaps unfair to comment further.
Eye Opener Oct 21, 2005
This book is a true eye opener. It has so much necessary & vital information for christians who are seeking to convey the word of God in the most effective way possible. I recommend it to the new converts, old converts & even as a refresher for ministers.