Book Review: Reformed Preaching by Joel Beeke

Book Review: Reformed Preaching by Joel Beeke

Joel Beeke has come out with a call for reformed preaching. Reformed Preaching discusses what Joel calls Experiential Preaching. This is not to be confused with experimental. 

The book begins with an examination of what experiential preaching is and challenges preachers to look at their methods of preaching to see if they are preaching to the heart and soul of those who hear the message. Beeke then proceeds to explain the elements of Reformed preaching.

  • Reformed Truth
  • Christ
  • The Sovereignty of God
  • Reformed Spirituality
  • Holiness of the Preacher
  • Holiness of the People

After examining the areas of reformed preaching, Beeke turns to the center of that preaching, the preacher himself. What does a reformed preacher look like? What does he sound like? How does he live? He examines specific categories or elements of a reformed preacher.

  • A Passionate Preacher
  • A Prayerful Preacher
  • An Authentic Preacher
  • A Growing Preacher
  • A Large Life With God
  • A Varied Life With God
  • An Original Life With God
  • A Decreasing Preacher
  • A Prioritized Preacher

The second part of the book is dedicated to illustrations of reformed experiential preaching. Beeke examines the Reformers including Calvin and Zwingli. He then looks to the Puritan preachers and finally the Dutch reformers.

The third and final part of the book examines how we can preach experientially today. He urges the need for preaching with balance as well as preaching the Gospel and the truth about God and man. Finally, he concludes with preaching for holiness.

Any pastor or preacher, and even teachers will benefit from this book. You will learn methods that are time-tested and principles that will enrich you spiritually.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.

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