Moody Publishing’s Power In the Pulpit review – Rating 9.2

Moody Publishing's Power in the PulpitIf you were to check out some of my previous posts, I do like to review books that are related to preaching covering either expository or narrative preaching.  I was very pleased when I was able to get a copy in my hands of the “Power in the Pulpit: How To Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons” (2017 revised edition) book from Moody Publishers to do a review on it.  If you are interested in expository preaching/teaching, then this book would be of great value.  It is used widely in many preaching classes with good reason.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about or fine tune their expositional preaching.  It is in the top 2 or 3 books on expositional preaching that I have read to date.
I would give this book a 9.2 out of my normal 10 point rating scale.  On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a 5 star rating.

In full disclosure, I was not required or requested by Moody to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Power in the Pulpit: How To Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons” (2017 revised edition) is one of the top books on expository preaching in my opinion.  Very practical, yet helpful and challenging at the same time.  This is not the type of book that you read once and put away. It lends itself to more of a resource to use as you constantly develop your skills as you create and deliver expository sermons.

It really is a very well written guide on the process of developing expository sermons as well as delivering them.  Moody has a follow-up book entitled Progress in the Pulpit that I would like to check out as well.  If it is anything like Power in the Pulpit with regards to how valuable it is, then the follow-up book should be excellent as well.

Written in three major parts, the authors craftily guide you through the process of creating an expository sermon.  First is preparing for doing the exposition.  This explains expository preaching as well as helping to develop the life of the expositor.

Then they move into the actual process of creating an expository sermon with some strong time-tested methods for interpreting Scripture and then creating the actual sermon.

Finally, they spend some time going over how to present the expository sermon.  They include ways to develop your preaching style, ways to deliver the sermon and much more.

The five appendices at the end of the book are such a practical help to say the least.  Covering examples of observing Scripture, structural diagrams to help you better interpret Scripture, a sermon summary sheet to help create the sermon, and then relaxation and breathing techniques to help you deliver the sermon more effectively.

Highly recommended to say the least.  I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from Moody Publishers and all opinions are my own.


Type of Book:  Church & Ministry / Pastoral Help / Preaching
Publisher: Moody Publishers @MoodyPublishers
Author: Jerry Vines & Jim Shaddix @jerryvines @JimShaddix
Publication Date: June 6, 2017 (Revised Edition)
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0802415578
Price: At the time of writing this, the cheapest place to get this book is at for $23.99 (suggested retail is $32.99 per the publisher).  Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges and are subject to change at any time.

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415578: Power in the Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons Power in the Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons
By Jerry Vines & Jim Shaddix / Moody PublishersPower in the Pulpit has been training preachers for decades. Closing the gap between classroom instruction and pulpit experience, it provides the necessary foundations for expository preaching while offering extensive practical advice. With nearly a century of experience between the authors, Power in the Pulpit is a classic for a reason, and the updates herein only make it more valuable.Updates Include

  • A clarified definition of expository preaching
  • A more rubust theological foundation for the approach
  • Simplified, streamlined steps for preparing messages
  • Reorganized and updated content on sermon delivery
  • Updated sources, references and recommended reading

Physical Characteristics:

  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches

Goal of Book:

The goal of this book is to help people who want to deliver expository sermons by providing them with a tool set for how to go about preparing and then delivering expository sermons.

My Favorite Part:

I really like how the authors make a point of not getting bogged down in the mechanics of creating an expository sermon.  Rather, they provide the tools on how it can be done and caution you to rely on the Holy Spirit in a dependency for our sermon preparation and delivery.


Anyone who is interested in doing expository preaching will find this book very valuable.  If this is you, I would say that this book would be on the list of required books for your personal library.


Foreword (by David Platt)
Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Part 1: The Preparation for Exposition
Chapter 1 – Defining the Task: A Philosophy of Expository Preaching
Chapter 2 – Laying the Foundation: A Theology for Expository Preaching
Chapter 3 – Developing the Preacher: The Life of the Expositor
Part 2: The Process of Exposition
Chapter 4 – Studying the Text: The Interpretation Process
Chapter 5 – Organizing the Sermon: Unifying and Outlining
Chapter 6 – Organizing the Sermon: Amplifying, Introducing, and Concluding
Part 3: The Presentation of the Exposition
Chapter 7 – Expressing the Thoughts: The Development of Preaching Style
Chapter 8 – Playing the Voice: Proper Use of the Preaching Instrument
Chapter 9 – Making the Connection: Preaching with Heart and Head
Chapter 10 – Preaching the Word: Keys to Effective Physical Delivery
Appendix 1: Observation Example
Appendix 2: Structural Diagram
Appendix 3: Sermon Summary Sheet
Appendix 4: Relaxation Exercises
Appendix 5: Breathing Exercises
Recommended Bibliography
Scripture Index
Subject Index

Publisher Summary:

From the publisher’s website:  Moody Publishers is a nonprofit Christian publishing house located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Since being founded by D. L. Moody in 1894, Moody Publishers has distributed more than 300 million books, spanning from Bible commentary and reference to spiritual and relational growth, as well as award-winning fiction.

Moody Publishers’ author partnerships include Dr. Gary Chapman, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Dr. Tony Evans, Dr. John MacArthur, James MacDonald, Erwin Lutzer, the late A. W. Tozer and many more.

All proceeds from Moody Publishers benefit The Moody Bible Institute, which exists to educate and equip students for Christian ministry.


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