Feed My Sheep is all about preaching. The book is written by eleven contributors who have labored for years in faithfully teaching God’s Word. Each of the eleven contributors focuses on one aspect of preaching. The book starts with a chapter on the primacy of preaching which sets the stage for the remainder of the book.
In the first chapter, Al Mohler says, “Evangelical pastors commonly state that biblical preaching is the hallmark of their calling. Nevertheless, a careful observer might come to a very different conclusion. The priority of preaching is simply not evident in far too many churches.” The assumption throughout the entire book is that preaching is a much neglected activity in the American church today. The book is a call to preach. It is a challenge to every pastor to preach the Word.
In the second chapter, the late James M. Boice writes about the foolishness of preaching. The point of the chapter is that the practice and the message of preaching seem foolish. He is saying that the act of preaching is seen as pointless to many in and out of the church, that the message of preaching seems like foolishness to those who do not believe in the truth of the gospel.
The remaining chapters are just as compelling as the first two. The book is a timely remedy for the current trend in the American church away from biblical preaching. The book is a wonderful reminder of the importance of preaching and its different aspects. When writing about preaching to the heart, Sinclair B. Ferguson said, “…a leading characteristic of preaching to the heart will be the humbling, indeed, the prostration of hearts before the majesty of God on high.” This is just one example of the timely reminders contained in this book. This book is a must read for every pastor. – Brad Keller, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
The apostle Paul declared that “what we preach” was “folly” in the eyes of many in his time (1 Cor. 1:21). Such is always the world’s response to the gospel. But in our day, it seems that the method behind Paul’s message—preaching—is itself an object of ridicule, even within the evangelical church. In an age of short attention spans and entertainment “consumers,” many churches are yielding to pressure to set aside preaching in their worship services in favor of more “relevant” methodologies.
In Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching, an outstanding team of pastors and scholars says to the modern church: “Turn back!” Preaching is not just one of many acceptable methodologies that the church may employ as the cultural landscape changes. Rather, the preaching of God’s Word is the biblically mandated method by which unbelievers are to be converted and churches built up in the faith.
This book reveals the biblical basis for preaching, sketches the way it ought to be practiced, and shows the many practical benefits that flow from strong pulpits. Here is encouragement for preachers and wise counsel for those who desire to sit under the ministry of the Word of God preached.