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Overview There are several books about preaching, but no author directs his attention to the clear message of changing lives more than Fabarez. In addition to showing ministers how they can best reach their congregations, this brief, accessible guide offers helps for pastors' personal, family, devotional and personal lives.
Publishers Description Certainly there are many books about preaching on the market today, but no author directs his attention to the clear message of changing lives more than Michael Fabarez.
Everything a pastor does must be done with the perspective of changing lives. When a pastor studies, it should be with the anticipation of changing lives. When he is looking for the right illustration, it must be through the lens of changing lives. When he sets forth the spiritual direction for the church, he must have the scope of changing lives in his focus.
All other books dissect the essentials of pastoral ministry, but ""Preaching That Changes Lives" takes it one step further
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Michael Fabarez (B.A. Moody Bible Institute, Th. M. Talbot School of Theology, D. Min. Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor who applies the truths of God's word to people's everyday lives. He is a fourth generation southern Californian who accepted the call to preach in 1990 and has seen his church grow from 100 to 3,000 members. His preaching is heard on the Focal Point Radio Ministry. He and his wife, Carlynn, have two young boys, Matthew and John.
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Excellent for any pastor... Apr 29, 2006
This book concentrates a lot on the life a pastor should lead and really emphasizes that if you, the pastor, aren't the example how will they follow?
Then he moves into some practical ways to set up your outline, prayer and accountability that will move from a sermon that people don't just listen to, but start to truly change their lives from. He speaks of what you should do as a pastor and what you should have your congregation do and also even goes into teaching how to prepare, as a congregant, for each Sunday.
Mr. Fabarez doesn't believe that it is his words that changes anyone but only God who is sovereign, but gives us tips so that we can be shown as "workman...accurately handling the Word of truth." 2 Tim 2:15
I highly recommend
Whom shall I send and who will go for us? Dec 26, 2005
Why to preach? It is the most relevant question today. Fabarez didn't made a new discovery, but he reclaims good forgotten foundation for pulpit. His book keeps in focus main task for preachers - to preach so that positive changes be made in lives of listeners. It is dangerous goal, but without this is it worth to preach Christ at all? This book is very inspiring, but who is able to preach that changes lives? Preacher must be changed before.
Changed Me May 4, 2005
There has a been a remarkable plethora of preaching books on the market in recent years, perhaps a sign of a revival of preaching. As a busy pastor, sorting thru which ones are valuable is a daunting task. This one ought to be a the top of the list. It is very practical and helpful. Many books on preaching may inspire you in a general sense, but leave you wondering how to implement the principles tangibly. This book not only inspires but also helps the preacher connect the principles with the reality that hits us each Sunday.
There are 2 points about the book that changed the way I think about my own preaching. First, preaching must connect tangibly with people or they will miss the message and tune out. Expository preaching has the danger of being so focused on the text that we forget the listener. Fabarez calls us to always be thinking about the application of the meaning of the text to those that need to hear it. This seems so obvious and yet it is one of the most difficult aspects of preparing sermons. Preaching must be clear and understandable if it is going to be relevant.
Secondly, Fabarez' emphasis upon systematically praying through every aspect of the sermon, from preparation through delivery and for the reception of it is excellent. Without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit any amount of preparation is useless. 1 Cor. 2:1-5 is a great reminder here.
If you are an expository preacher and want to improve the task God has set before you, this is a book you must give serious consideration to.
Must-reading for the seasoned Pastor and the newly called! Aug 21, 2004
This book is phenomenal. For too many years, too many believers have sat through sermons and bible teachings, yet we leave unchanged by what we have heard. Fabarez offers practical wisdom that reminds us that our single purpose in preaching is to be used by God to change lives. I cannot think of anything relative to the topic that he has not considered, yet the book is written on a level virtually anyone can grasp. If you know someone who has been preaching for many years, or someone who has just been called to ministry, encourage him to read this book. He will be forever changed, and his congregants forever blessed by his heeding of the teaching herein.
Life Changing Nov 16, 2002
Dr. Fabarez delivers what his title promises. Preaching That Changes Lives is the most challenging and convicting preaching book I've read. At the same time, it remains extremely relevant and practical for every pastor and seminary student. Fabarez's writing style is lucid and potent. The reader will have a most difficult time not reading the entire book in one sitting! The strengths of this book are too many to list. However, the chapter entitled "Pray, Pray, Pray for a Sermon that Will Change Lives" is worth the price of the book. Other chapters that are especially helpful include: "Frame an Outline that Will Your Change Your Audience" and "Provide Tools to Help Your Audience Make Specific Changes." Every preacher should own a copy of this book. I would go so far as to say, if you could only own one book on preaching, make this your sole choice.