God is life. His words impart life. A sermon should be an intimate encounter with the life-giving essence of the Word Himself. How do we as preachers extend such an encounter to our listeners? How can we offer words that transform? James T. Flynn unpacks the power of preaching to change lives and provides a new way to consider sermon preparation and delivery. Words That Transform re-images sermon-making as an experience of incarnation. A sermon begins as a seed sown in the womb of the preacher's heart through intimacy with God. That word takes upon itself flesh in the preacher's life, changing the preacher first. When proper delivery is married to imagination, the sermon's potential to transform others is realized. Using scholarship, practical teaching, and personal narrative, this book will lead preachers toward personal renewal and new power in their preaching ministry. eBook can be found on Apple iBooks.
James T. Flynn has spent three decades in pastoral ministry, specializing in teaching and leadership development. He is associate professor of practical theology and director of the Doctor of Ministry Program in the School of Divinity at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Chapter 1: Can These Bones Live? Chapter 5 Chapter 2: What If God Were One of Us? Preaching That Lives and Breathes Chapter 6 Chapter 3: How's Your Love Life? The Place of Intimacy in Sermon-shaping Chapter 7 Chapter 4: Life Happens: Life Experience as a Catalyst for Growth Chapter 8 Chapter 5: Heart-shaping: Refinement as a Pathway to Maturity Chapter 9 Chapter 6: Sermon-shaping: Birthing Sermons That Transform Chapter 10 Chapter 7: Imagine That! Creativity and Imagination in Sermon-shaping Chapter 11 Chapter 8: Words That Transform: The Sermon's Power to Change Chapter 12 Bibliography Chapter 13 Index Chapter 14 About the Author