Many preachers ignore preaching from the Old Testament because they feel it is outdated in light of the New Testament and difficult to expound. On the other hand, some preachers will preach from the Old Testament frequently but fail to handle it correctly, turning it into moralistic rules or symbolic lessons for our spiritual life. In How to Preach and Teach the Old Testament for All Its Worth, Christopher J. H. Wright proclaims that preachers must not ignore the Old Testament. It is the Word of God! The Old Testament lays the foundation for our faith and it was the Bible that Jesus read and used. Looking first at why we should preach from the Old Testament, the author moves on to show the reader how they can be preach from it. Covering the History, Law, Prophets, Psalms, and Wisdom Literature, interspersed with practical checklists, exercises, and sermons, he provides an essential guide on how to handle the Old Testament responsibly.
Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright is International Director of the Langham Partnership International. After teaching the Old Testament in India and the UK, he also served as chair of the Lausanne Movement's Theology Working Group and was the chief architect of the Cape Town Commitment at the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010. His books include: Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, Deuteronomy (Understanding the Bible Commentary), Salvation Belongs to Our God, The Mission of God, The God I Don't Understand, and The Mission of God's People. Chris and his wife Liz who have four adult children and a growing number of grandchildren, live in London, Uk, and belong to All Souls Church.
Part 1: Why Should We Preach from the Old Testament? 1. God has spoken 2. The story and the promise 3. Understanding Jesus through the Old Testament 4. Don't just give me Jesus 5. Connecting with Christ Part 2: How Can We Preach from the Old Testament? 6. God's Story and our stories 7. Five questions to ask when preaching Old Testament stories 8. Seven dangers to avoid when preaching Old Testament stories 9. Understanding Old Testament law 10. Preaching from Old Testament law 11. Meet the prophets 12. Preaching from the prophets 13. Getting to know the Psalms 14. Preaching from the Psalms 15. Preaching from the Wisdom Literature Appendix 1 Appendix 2
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