Resources for Expositors

One the purposes of OnePassion Ministries is to train the next generation of biblical expositors. To this end, we want to provide you with the best resources and update information on expository preaching as possible. The list of following books are resources Dr. Steven Lawson has found helpful throughout his 30+ years of preaching and ministry. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but provides a great beginning for the expositor, pastor, teacher, or layperson desiring to know more about how to teach God’s Word. In addition please click here for a list of 850 books recommended expositors and teachers by The Master’s Seminary, where Dr. Lawson is the Professor of Preaching and Director of the D.Min. program.

Books on Expository Preaching

Broadus, John A. Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. San Francisco, CA: Harper, 1979.

Carrick, John.The Imperative of Preaching. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2002.

Dabney, R.L. Evangelical Eloquence. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1999.

Garretson, James. Princeton and Preaching. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2005.

Gordon, T. David. Why Johnny Can’t Preach. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2009.

Lawson, Steven J. Famine in the Land: A Passionate Call for Expository Preaching. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2003.

Lawson, Steven J. Preaching the Psalms: Unlocking the Unsearchable Riches of David’s Treasury. EP Books: Carlisle, PA, 2012.

Lawson, Steven J. The Kind of Preaching God Blesses. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2013.

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn.  Preaching and Preachers. Grand Rapids, MI:  Zondervan Publishing House, 1971.

Logan, Samuel T, Jr., ed. The Preacher and Preaching: Reviving the Art in the Twentieth Century. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1986.

MacArthur, John, Jr.  Rediscovering Expository Preaching:  Balancing the Science and Art of Biblical Exposition.  Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1992.

Mohler, R. Albert. He Is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2008.

Montoya, Alex. Preaching with Passion. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2000.

Olford, Stephen F. Anointed Expository Preaching. Nashville, Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998.

Perkins, William, The Art of Prophecying. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1996.

Piper, John, The Supremacy of God in Preaching. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2004.

Ryken, Leland and Todd Wilson, eds. Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007.

Spurgeon, Charles H. Lectures to My Students. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2008.

Stott, John R. W., Between Two Worlds: the Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1982.

Stott, John R.W. The Preacher’s Portrait: Some New Testament Word Studies. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1961.

Unger, Merril F. Principles of Expository Preaching. Grand Rapids: MI, Zondervan, 1955.

Vines, Jerry and Jim Shaddix. Power in the Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 1999.

Books on the History of Preaching

Broadus, John A. Lectures on the History of Preaching. Birmingham, AL: Solid Ground Christian Books, 2004.

Dargan, Edwin Charles and Ralph G. Turnbull. A History of Preaching, 3 Vol. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1974.

Edwards, O.C. Jr. A History of Preaching. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2004.

Lischer Richard, ed. The Company of Preachers: Wisdom on Preaching. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002.

Old, Hughes Oliphant. The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures, 7 Vol. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007.

Books on Exegesis and Interpretation

Chisholm, Robert B., Jr. From Exegesis to Exposition: A Practical Guide to Using Biblical Hebrew.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1998.

Fee, Gordon and Douglas Stuart. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1993.

Kaiser, Walter. Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1981.

Klein, William W., Craig L. Blomberg and Robert L. Hubbard, Jr. Introduction to Biblical Interpretation. Nashville, TN: W Publishing Group, 1993.

Mayhue, Richard. How to Interpret the Bible for Yourself. Ross-Shire, Great Britain: Christian Focus, 1997.

Ryken, Leland. Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1992.

Zuck, Roy. Basic Bible Interpretation. Colorado Springs, CO: David Cook, 1991.

Biographical Accounts on Expository Preachers

Bainton, Roland H. Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2011.

Blackie, William G. The Preachers of Scotland. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2001.

Bonar, Andrew. Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray M’Cheyne. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1966.

Carrick, John. The Preaching of Jonathan Edwards. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2008.

Dallimore, Arnold. George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the Eighteenth Century, 2 Vol. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1980.

Johnston, E.A. George Whitefield: A Definitive Biography, 2 Vol. UK: Tentmaker Publications, 2009.

Lawson, Steven J. The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield. Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2014.

Lawson, Steven J. The Expository Genius of John Calvin. Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2007.

Lawson, Steven J. The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon. Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2012.

Lawson, Steven J. The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther. Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2013.

Lawson, Steven J. The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards. Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2008.

Lloyd-Jones, Martyn. The Puritans and Their Successors. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1987.

Loane, Sir Marcus. Oxford and the Evangelical Succession. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2007.

Loane, Sir Marcus. Cambridge and the Evangelical Succession. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2007.

McCrie, Thomas. The Life of John Knox. Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 2004.

McGrath, Alister E. A Life of John Calvin: A Study in the Shaping of Western Culture. Oxford/Malden: Wileu-Blackwell, 1993.

Murray, Iain. A Scottish Christian Heritage. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2006.

Murray, Iain. Heroes. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2009.

Murray, Iain. Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1987.

Murray, Iain. The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, 2 Vol. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1982.

Piper, John. The Legacy of Sovereign Joy. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006.

Ryle, J.C. Light from Old Paths. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1999.

Spurgeon, Charles. Autobiography, 2 Vol. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1973.

Books Containing Expository Preaching

Boice, James Montogomery. An Expository Commentary, 27 Vol. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

Hughes, Kent, ed. Preaching the Word, 27 Vol. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

MacArthur, John. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, 20 Vol. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Maclaren, Alexander, Expositions of Holy Scripture, 17 Vol. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1984.

Phillips, Richard D, Philip Graham Ryken, eds. Reformed Expository Commentary. Philipsburg, NJ: P and R Publishing.

Spurgeon, Charles. New Park Street Pulpit and Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, 63 Vol. Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications.