Part 1: Discovering the Truth of the Text (According to the Human Author) Chapter 1: Praying, Selecting, Reading, and Meditating on the Text Chapter 2: Linguistic Analysis * Translation from original languages * Semantics/lexicography * Syntax and structure * Textual variants * Cross referencing Chapter 3: Literary Analysis * Context of the section and book as a whole * Context of the author's body of writing * Context of genre characteristics (narrative, poetry, etc.) Chapter 4: Life-Setting Analysis * General historical and cultural backdrop * Specific audience circumstances * Occasion and need * Purpose and goal Part 2: Discerning Christ in the Text (According to the Divine Author) Chapter 5: Why should we preach Christ? * Because it's Biblical, Foundational, and Practical * (See sample draft of chapter enclosed.) Chapter 6: How shall we preach Christ? * The Clowney Hermeneutical Rectangle revisited * Christ-Focused Connection from every passage Part 3: Designing the Sermon with Truth, Goodness, and Beauty Chapter 7: Common Pitfalls and Problems in Sermon Design Chapter 8: Neuroscience and its Implications on Sermon Design Chapter 9: The Blueprints for Good Sermon Design Part 4: Delivering the Sermon for Attention, Retention, and Transformation Chapter 10: Non-Verbal Communication * Engaging: eye contact; facial expressions; gestures; body control; poiseand authority. * Inspiring: passion; conviction; respect; and humor. * Shepherding: responsiveness; empathy; joyful gravity; and inhibition. Chapter 11: Verbal Communication: * Varying/Modulating: signal; style; sound; speed; and silence. * Rehearsing: goals of refining content; effortless articulation; calming nerves; and best practices.
Julius Kim's many years of teaching and modeling biblical preaching combine with a keen mind and a caring heart to provide this excellent and highly accessible resource for preaching the whole counsel of God. Among the book's many fine features are its commitment to seeing the whole Bible as a revelation of God's redemptive message and its great suggestions for communicating these truths to contemporary culture. -- Bryan Chapell, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, IL; President Emeritus, Covenant Seminary If Christ is the one "in whom and for whom" everything has been created, faithful sermons ought to illuminate this reality. They ought to manifest the ways in which all of life is held together "in Christ" and the manner in which the great story of Scripture is likewise glued together "in Christ." Julius Kim has done a marvelous job in bringing this conviction to life and making it so practical that no preacher worth their salt will miss it. And every listener of sermons will see why these matters are of such great importance. -- Richard Lints, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and professor of theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary A wonderful blend of hermeneutics and homiletics! Kim takes the reader from the text to the pulpit in a clear and concise way. Here preachers will learn how to think about the text and how to package those thoughts into a compelling sermon. A great textbook for a preaching class, and a revitalizing read for seasoned preachers! -- Mark D. Futato, Robert L. Maclelland Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL Preaching the Whole Counsel of God strategically blends an emphasis on proclaiming Christ as the unifying Hero of the entire Bible with insights drawn from recent communications research into the ways that listeners attend to and process what they hear (or not!). Among various recent books on Christ-centered preaching, a distinctive strength of Dr. Kim's work is his well-informed, practical coaching on sermon structure, illustration, and delivery, helping preachers bring God's Word home to hearers' hearts in dependence on the Holy Spirit. I highly recommend this book. -- Dennis E. Johnson, Ph.D., Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California Only a thorough knowledge of Christ at the center of all Scripture, years of teaching preachers, laborious research, and a pastor's heart could produce a book as useful as this to the church. -- George Robertson, Ph.D, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, GA
Dr. Julius Kim is the Dean of Students and Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary California (WSC); he is also Associate Pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido. He received his Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dr. Kim directs The Center for Pastoral Refreshment, a unique center established to sustain pastoral excellence among Korean-American pastors and serves the broader Christian community as a preacher, speaker, and ministry consultant. Julius and his wife, Ji Hee reside in Escondido with their two daughters.