Preparing Evangelistic Sermons, Updated and Expanded Edition

A Seven-Step Method for Preaching Salvation

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The most effective way to preach the Good News

When it comes to evangelism, converting the sinner is God’s part. Communicating the gospel is the preacher’s part. This simple, do-it-yourself resource guides preachers through the foundation, framework, method, and special issues of preaching salvation, including

· the divine call to Christian proclamation · types of evangelistic ministry · relevant issues for evangelistic and pre-evangelistic preaching · ideas for delivering sermons based on text, audience, or topic

You’ll also find helpful appendices, outlines, and checklists for pastors, seminarians, and church leaders.

“Genuine help and biblical insight from a seasoned preacher who has walked these steps before. This is a theme very dear to my heart addressed by one who has demonstrated this gift and calling all over the world.”—Ravi Zacharias, speaker; author of Jesus Among Other Gods

“The gospel hasn’t changed in nearly two thousand years. It’s still the transforming power of Jesus Christ! In this book, Dr. Richard shows how to preach the gospel humbly, prayerfully, biblically, expectantly. May God change lives as you proclaim that Good News!”—Luis Palau, evangelist; author of High Definition Life

Ramesh Richard, (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary, PhD, University of Delhi) leads Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Helps (RREACH) International and teaches expository preaching at Dallas Theological Seminary. He lives in Texas.


Endorsements

"Ramesh Richard rightly observes that evangelistic preaching is driven by an internal conviction, a 'sacred oughtness' born of God's unique work in an individual's life. Yet how quickly we may forget our calling in the face of struggles, opposition, and yes, even success. Thankfully, readers will find genuine help and biblical insight from a seasoned preacher who has walked these steps before. This is a theme very dear to my heart addressed by one who has demonstrated this gift and calling all over the world."--Ravi Zacharias, author and speaker

"The Gospel hasn't changed in nearly two thousand years. It's still the transforming power of Jesus Christ! In this book, Dr. Ramesh Richard shows how to preach the Gospel humbly, prayerfully, biblically, expectantly. May God change lives as you proclaim that Good News!"--Luis Palau, evangelist and author of High Definition Life

"My good friend Ramesh has provided every communicator who has a heart for the lost with tools to proclaim the gospel message with power."--Tony Evans, senior pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship

"The clarity, simplicity, and power of Ramesh Richard's seven-step approach to constructing sermons has well served students and pastors in many settings and nations. Now to have this most approachable method of sermon construction applied to evangelistic preaching is truly good news not only for pastors wanting ready assistance but also for lost souls needing eternal security."--Bryan Chapell, president, Covenant Theological Seminary

"I believe this resource will strengthen your effectiveness as an evangelistic preacher and give you more boldness as you approach your task in the power of the Holy Spirit."--Daniel Southern, president, American Tract Society

"Long awaited, here is the foundational text for evangelistic preaching written by a master teacher of the art. Applying the lessons of this book will enhance the ministry of anyone called to preach the Word of God."--Robert E. Coleman, distinguished professor of evangelism and discipleship, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"Ramesh is one of God's choice gifts to the Body of Christ. I applaud his work on equipping others to effectively deliver the Gospel message."--Dennis Rainey, president, FamilyLife

"A masterpiece from a master evangelist! Ramesh Richard has written an indispensable work for all those who passionately seek to save the lost. This book provides a clear and compelling case for presenting the Gospel with content, conviction, and class. It is a must have for both beginners and seasoned veterans alike. It's a great book that deserves the widest reading."--James Ryle, president, TruthWorks Ministries

"This book is not just a theoretical discussion of evangelistic preaching, but a practical book, filled with ideas all of us can use. I found it refreshing because the author so clearly communicates his own passion and first-hand experience in sharing the Good News."--Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, senior pastor, The Moody Church

"Ramesh Richard's book comes at a very opportune moment. During forty years of evangelistic preaching, I've never seen the harvest potential I see today. During these days of worldwide uncertainty, people are searching for answers to life's most basic problems. There's a great need for men and women who can communicate clearly, biblically, and in the authority of the Holy Spirit the life-changing message of the gospel of Christ. Ramesh Richard teaches us how to do that. I pray that this timely book will be read widely and used to bring multitudes into the kingdom of God. I encourage anyone who has a desire to communicate the gospel to the world around them to read Preparing Evangelistic Sermons. This book is for pastors, evangelists, and laypersons with a heart to communicate the good news of God's love for a lost and dying world."--Sammy Tippit, international evangelist

"I have sat in the audience as Ramesh has powerfully and clearly proclaimed Jesus and his love. His ministry is a model of what he writes about in this book. Thank you, Ramesh, for the inviting way in which you show us that we don't have to sacrifice the truth of God's Word to connect with the hearts of non-Christians. This is a wonderful, valuable, practical resource for anyone who wants to proclaim the hope of Jesus Christ to empty, needy hearts. My only regret is that you didn't write this thirty years ago!"--Dr. Crawford W. Loritts, Jr., associate director, Campus Crusade for Christ, USA

"Ramesh Richard has earned the right to write on evangelism in sermons. He has demonstrated for an entire generation the common union of evangelistic fervor and biblical and scholastic excellence. His book should be foundational and encouraging to all who mount the sacred desk."--Rev. Tommy Nelson, senior pastor, Denton Bible Church

"Ramesh, I am now able to define ministry 'success,' verify my effectiveness, and live a more stress-free life. Wow, great work, Doc!"--Mike Silva, president, MSE Inc.

"An evangelistic speaker must interact with both the biblical text and his audience. Preparing Evangelistic Sermons challenges you to speak in a relevant way and preach his Word, not your words. I am grateful for Ramesh's heart for lost people and his desire to impart what he has learned through experience."--R. Larry Moyer, president and CEO, EvanTell, Inc.
"In today's culture, effective communication is crucial for the delivery of the message. Ramesh Richard takes the greatest message ever given and takes the reader on an insightful journey of how to connect with the listener's head and heart. In a multicultural world, adrift from the moorings to absolutes, you'll want to read this book if your passion is to passionately and powerfully share the message of Jesus Christ with a world that so desperately needs to hear, comprehend, and embrace it."--Bob Reccord, president and CEO, North American Mission Board, SBC

"Ramesh Richard is a brilliant teacher and can put that same skill to words on paper. He is a true lover of people, which makes him the perfect 'evangelist.' He pursues God's heart like few men I've ever met. Take these three qualities and you have the recipe for a book that will set your heart afire with the desire to 'go and do likewise.'"--Joe White, president, Kanakuk Kamps


The Author

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    Ramesh Richard

    Ramesh Richard, (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary, PhD, University of Delhi) leads Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Helps (RREACH) International and teaches expository preaching at Dallas Theological Seminary. He lives in Texas.

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Reviews

"Modern evangelistic preaching 101."--Tamara Rice, Outreach magazine