Stott, in Between Two Worlds points out readers that preaching is necessary in order for true evangelism, which results in true growth in the church. He contends that the element of culture often make preaching difficult by does not deny that it influences the message. The author begins his efforts and highlights preaching, objections to preaching, the foundation, study, which leads the man of God to effective preaching.
The book offers the suggestion that the two most important building blocks for the reader is the proof of preaching, which establishes conviction for the messenger and the answer to the critic. Stott underscores the important fact that Christianity is the father of the phenomenon of preaching (Stott, 16). Stott argues that the answer to the critics is more conviction. Many current contentions are that the preaching technique is the answer, which leaves out the inner belief of the power of God unto salvation (Rom 1:16 KJV). Stott contends that this element causes the preacher to herald the message with conviction (Stott, 92).
Furthermore, he argues that pastors bridge the gap by understanding both the culture and the scriptures, which allows the messenger to preach effectively (2 Tim 2:15 KJV). This fact allows the preacher to make contemporary application and makes the message relevant to the audience. The author does not leave the reader hanging with only the suggestion to bridge the gap, but proceeds to highlight the steps included in the process. The two most include pushing the main point to the forefront throughout the sermon and situating the entire sermon around the theme.
The book concludes by emphasizing the importance of the attitude of the heart. The hearer recognizes a fake. Therefore, the messenger must pray over each sermon and prepare the heart for service. The deliverer must deliver the message in humility and sincerity (Stott, 320). Stott closes the book underscoring the great need of these two elements. The author uses the...