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The Archer and the Arrow: Preaching the Very Words of God

The Archer and the Arrow: Preaching the Very Words of God

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This book is about a sentence 40 years in the making:

^^"My aim is to preach the gospel by prayerfully expounding the Bible to the people God has given me to love." (Phillip Jensen)

^^Join Phillip Jensen and Paul Grimmond as they explore each phrase in this carefully wrought statement, and show not only why faithful, powerful, biblical preaching is so important, but how to go about it.

^^Recommendation from William Taylor: "Preaching is the lifeblood of the local church. This is an outstanding book by one of the world's foremost preachers, and is essential reading for any would-be Bible teacher." (William Taylor, Rector, St Helen's Bishopsgate, London, UK).
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About "The Archer and the Arrow: Preaching the Very Words of God"

This book is about a sentence 40 years in the making:

^^"My aim is to preach the gospel by prayerfully expounding the Bible to the people God has given me to love." (Phillip Jensen)

^^Join Phillip Jensen and Paul Grimmond as they explore each phrase in this carefully wrought statement, and show not only why faithful, powerful, biblical preaching is so important, but how to go about it.

^^Recommendation from William Taylor: "Preaching is the lifeblood of the local church. This is an outstanding book by one of the world's foremost preachers, and is essential reading for any would-be Bible teacher." (William Taylor, Rector, St Helen's Bishopsgate, London, UK).
-Publisher.


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Meet the Authors

Phillip Jensen

Phillip Jensen is well-known in Australia and the UK as a gifted Bible teacher and ministry visionary. After many years as the Pastor of St Matthias Church, Sydney, and the Chaplain to the University of New South Wales, he became the Anglican Dean of Sydney.

Under God, Phillip Jensen has recruited and trained many young men and women for full-time gospel ministry, and initiated a number of very significant ministry organizations, including the Ministry Training Strategy and Matthias Media.

He also authored the popular Two Ways To Live gospel tract and The Archer and the Arrow, has co-authored a number of Bible studies and has made several CDs. Phillip and his wife, Helen, live in Sydney and have three adult children (and a growing number of grandchildren)

Paul Grimmond

Paul Grimmond is a gifted and well-known Bible teacher, currently serving on the campus of the University of NSW in Sydney. He is the author of Right Side Up, a book aimed at helping new Christians to understand the Christian life, and The Archer and the Arrow: Preaching the very Words of God with Phillip Jensen Paul lives with his wife, Cathy, and their three children in Sydneys east.

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Preaching the Bible Accurately
3 stars By Drew, Jan 18 2017
I like Jensen's work and most of his points make theological and ontological sense. His central thrust is that we need to ensure preaching is delivered with a keen eye and ear for how Bible writers piece together material and buildestablish points- verse by verse. Jensen is a little conservative though, and some of his points suggest that there is only one way to preach well. I'm not convinced by his points that this is necessarily the case. A good book to start with, though, if you've been approached by your church to preach. Happy sermon speaking!
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Intriguing Picture of Preaching
4 stars By David McKay, Apr 11 2013
How good is it that Phillip Jensen, who has been called "a once in a lifetime preacher" should put together his thoughts on preaching so that others may benefit?

In this book, you get Phillip Jensen's ideas, skilfully organised by Paul Grimmond, one of Jensen's admirers and followers. Grimmond is well-placed to do this, because he has listened to Jensen speak for more than 20 years and has put his principles into practice in his own speaking ministry.

Tim Challies says that the image Jensen uses to depict preaching is too complicated and not one that people will be able to remember. He contrasts this with the simple, effective and memorable image of the trellis and the vine in Colin Marshall and Tony Payne's earlier companion volume to this one. He expects that image will be used by many to depict the administrative work in Christian ministry (trellis work) versus the task of drawing God's people into his kingdom through evangelism (vine work). However in this book, the straightforward image used of an archer (the preacher) and his arrow (the sermon) is made more complex by Jensen's depiction of the arrow's head, shaft and feathers as illustrations of the elements of a sermon as message, exegesis and theology.

But is it as hard to grasp as Challies makes out? I think that it is unpacked fairly clearly, and is a useful device for reminding us of all that is needed to create a successful message which challenges listeners to action.

The most helpful aspect of the book is the definition of preaching which forms the backbone of its contents. In chapter two Jensen gives us the preacher's mission statement:
My aim is to preach the gospel by prayerfully expounding the Bible to the people God has given me to love.

Through the rest of the book, Jensen explains his image of the arrow, showing how a Bible teacher needs to craft his sermon to make it achieve its goal, and takes apart his mission statement, bit by bit, and finally reassembles it.

Every speaker would benefit from reading The Archer and the Arrow because it compels you to think through the process of constructing a talk, while reminding us that the Christian preacher's aim is to enlist followers of Jesus, not to show people how clever we are.
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  • Catalogue Code 308102
  • Product Code 9781921441806
  • ISBN 1921441801
  • EAN 9781921441806
  • Pages 160
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Preaching
  • Publisher Matthias Media
  • Publication Date Sep 2010
  • Sales Rank #90669
  • Weight 0.213kg

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