Part 10—Preaching That Changes Lives, Michael Fabarez, Thomas Nelson, 2002.
Continuing with this series on the best books on preaching, we get to a book that goes into a bit of different direction than some of the others. Michael Fabarez’s book, Preaching That Changes Lives, is a book that reaches for a couple of areas of preaching. First, he believes that preaching can indeed change lives and then he goes into the reason that it does so. This works around the paramount issue of application. If there are not any areas of application that the preaching brings to the ears of the hearer, a call for change, for transformation and action, then we are just wasting our breath.
Paul said that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, rebuke, and instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16). Instruction in righteousness is the task that preaching uses to help the church to see how to walk in this world. Preaching has to be more than just the transference of facts about God that comes from an academic track, it has to be a presentation of Truth that helps us to see above the murky, humanistic, and godless views that this world touts on an hourly basis.
Fabarez spends the first two chapters writing about the power of preaching and believing that preaching can help change lives. In chapter 3, he will greatly provoke you by seeking to determine if the preaching is changing the preacher’s life. He starts with three very inflaming sentences: