The Christ-Centered Expositor by pastor and preaching professor Tony Merida provides a comprehensive overview of effective expository preaching that begins with the inner life of the expositor, and then moves to the essential elements of sermon preparation and delivery. Ideal for pastors and students, The Christ-Centered Expositor will equip you for greater faithfulness to God, his Word, and his mission.

Foreword by Bryan Chapell
Chapter 1: The Making of an Effective Expositor

Part 1: The Expositor’s Heart Chapter
Chapter 2: Watch Your Life and Doctrine
Chapter 3: Love the Christ-Centered Scriptures
Chapter 4: Proclaim Christ from the Scriptures
Chapter 5: Rely on the Spirit’s Power
Chapter 6: Cultivate a Vibrant Prayer Life
Chapter 7: Preach and Teach for God’s Glory

Part 2: The Expositor’s Message
Chapter 8: Step 1: Study the Text
Chapter 9: Step 2: Unify the Redemptive Theme
Chapter 10: Step 3: Construct an Outline
Chapter 11: Step 4: Develop the Functional Elements
Chapter 12: Step 5: Add an Introduction and a Conclusion
Chapter 13: Deliver the Word
Chapter 14: Contextualize the Message


Tony Merida

Tony Merida is pastor for preaching and vision of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC, and associate professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.


Tony Merida’s Faithful Preaching was hands-down my favorite. And now this expanded and revised version is even better! The Christ-Centered Expositor is a must-read for every preacher.

—Matt Carter, Pastor of Preaching and Vision, The Austin Stone Community Church

Tony Merida has a reputation across the country for the weightiness of his ministry and the power of his proclamation. This book will show you why the reputation is deserved and will help you build a ministry rooted in the person and work of Jesus.

—Russell D. Moore, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Merida, with the heart of a pastor and the skill of a teacher, proves a great guide for preachers, both aspiring and seasoned. Here is a book that is succinct, pastoral, informative, and challenging.

—Steve Timmis, Executive Director, Acts 29 Network

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A Field Guide for Word-Driven Disciple Makers
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A Field Guide for Word-Driven Disciple Makers
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