Instruction on Expository Preaching

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In the seven steps on this site, I give some basic instruction on expository preaching. In this post I list some books and resources that I recommend as you seek to grow in your ability to move from the biblical text to a sermon.


While I don’t agree with everything in them, the following books on preaching have stood the test of time and I have found them helpful:

Adams, Jay E. Preaching with Purpose: A Comprehensive Textbook on Biblical Preaching. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1982. (Can be borrowed online.)

Adams, Jay E. Truth Applied: Application in Preaching. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1990.

Chapell, Bryan. Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon. Third Edition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2018.

Clowney, Edmund P. Preaching and Biblical TheologyPhillipsburg, New Jersey: P & R Publishing, 2002. (Can be borrowed online.)

Goldsworthy, Graeme. Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000.

Greidanus, Sidney. Modern Preacher and Ancient Text: Interpreting and Preaching Biblical Literature. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans  Publishing Company, 1988. 

Greidanus, Sidney. Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method . Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999.

Johnson, Dennis E. Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P & R Publishing, 2007.

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn. Preaching and Preachers. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House. (Can be borrowed online.)

Long, Thomas G. The Witness of Preaching. Third Edition. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2016. (First Edition can be borrowed online.)

Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. Third Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.


Much of the content of Bryan Chapell’s book, Christ-Centered Preaching is available in lecture form at:

Much of the content of Haddon Robinson’s book, Biblical Preaching is available in series of twenty video lectures at:

A series of lectures by John Stott entitled “Biblical Preaching: A Pastor’s Look at Homiletics” is available at:

A summary of Goldsworthy’s book is at:

Another helpful course on biblical interpretation is “He Gave Us Scripture: Foundations of Biblical Interpretation,” by Richard L. Pratt, Jr. These eleven video lectures can be found here:

Two lectures on preaching Christ through the Old Testament by Sidney Griedanus are available here:

David Prince has four posts that evaluate four approaches to Christ-centered preaching. They are:

Evaluating Bryan Chapell’s Approach to Christ-Centered Preaching

Evaluating Edmund Clowney’s Approach to Christ-Centered Preaching

Evaluating Sidney Greidanus’s Approach to Christ-Centered Preaching

Evaluating Graeme Goldsworthy’s Approach to Christ-Centered Preaching

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