Disclaimer: The following books comprise a brief list of resources that we have found helpful for our church planters. In endorsing each of these books we are not saying that we agree on every point, but rather find the book as a whole helpful.
Light and Heat: The Puritan View of the Pulpit
by Bruce Bickel
A succinct and fascinating historical survey of the Puritan view of Scripture, preaching, and the gospel that includes their more contemporary progeny such as D. Martin Lloyd-Jones and Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The book is primarily a collection of the great Puritan preachers own words and serves as a potent piece of instruction and inspiration in our day of soft pulpits offering chatter and self help-help over a declaration of sin and grace. The appendix includes a contrast of the Finney and Puritan gospels that is a practical help regarding the preaching of the gospel.
Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture
by Graeme Goldsworthy
While strong, gospel-centered preaching abounds, many Christian pastors and lay preachers find it difficult to preach meaningfully from the Old Testament. This practical handbook offers help. Graeme Goldsworthy teaches the basics of preaching the whole Bible in a consistently Christ-centered way.
Goldsworthy first examines the Bible, biblical theology, and preaching and shows how they relate in the preparation of Christ-centered sermons. He then applies the biblical-theological method to the various types of literature found in the Bible, drawing out their contributions to expository preaching focused on the person and work of Christ.
Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon
by Bryan Chapell
This complete guide to expository preaching teaches the basics of preparation, organization, and delivery–the trademarks of great preaching. With the help of charts and creative learning exercises, Chapell shows how expository preaching can reveal the redemptive aims of Scripture and offers a comprehensive approach to the theory and practice of preaching. He also provides help for special preaching situations.