Preaching Christ in All of Scripture

Preaching Christ in All of Scripture Voicing one theme for the entire Bible and structuring all sermons around that idea may seem to be an impossible challenge For veteran pastor and preaching professor Edmund Clowney it will not do to p

  • Title: Preaching Christ in All of Scripture
  • Author: Edmund P. Clowney
  • ISBN: 9781581344523
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Voicing one theme for the entire Bible and structuring all sermons around that idea may seem to be an impossible challenge For veteran pastor and preaching professor Edmund Clowney it will not do to preach a text from either the Old or New Testaments without fully preaching its ultimate and primary focus the person and work of Jesus Christ He writes, To see the text inVoicing one theme for the entire Bible and structuring all sermons around that idea may seem to be an impossible challenge For veteran pastor and preaching professor Edmund Clowney it will not do to preach a text from either the Old or New Testaments without fully preaching its ultimate and primary focus the person and work of Jesus Christ He writes, To see the text in relation to Christ is to see it in its larger context, the context of God s purpose in revelation Clowney s rationale for emphasizing Christ s presence in the Old Testament rests on the purpose of the Hebrew Scripture The Old Testament follows God s one great plan for human history and redemption, and the plan is not only from him but centers on him his presence in his incarnate Son The witness of the Scriptures to Christ is the reason they were written, so it is appropriate to emphasize this element in the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament.By offering numerous full length examples of his own sermons that emphasize Christ as the principle theme of Scripture, Clowney illustrates for those who will never have the privilege of being his students how they can craft sermons which present Christ as the primary consideration of the text He also offers specific instructions on preparing such a sermon He discusses the personal habits of prayer and Bible study that prepare pastors to seek out Christ s presence.Clowney emphasizes the importance of including a specific application in every sermon so that Christ is presented both in what he says and does to reveal himself in the biblical text and in what he says and does to direct Christians lives today.Students preparing for the pastorate, pastors desiring to increase their emphasis on Christ in their sermons, and those seeking Christ s presence in all of Scripture will find a help in Clowney s writings.

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    1. I thought this was a really good read. I think I got a lot more out of the first few chapters when Clowney speaks about how Christ permeates ALL of Scripture and not just the New Testament. The later chapters I believe, were adapted from sermons Clowney gave and they were things I was already familiar with so I didn't get as much out of them.The first few chapters were REALLY good though. A lot of people tend to dismiss the Old Testament as "Old" and not important but Clowney makes a good case i [...]

    2. It is evident why this book has been a staple text for both the methodological study and act of preaching since its publication in 2001. By the middle of the second chapter it becomes clear that Clowney’s gift of communication was not reserved to just the pulpit. Clowney writes clearly and effectively, and organizes his two methodological chapters for optimal reader comprehension. Though the actual mechanics of Clowney’s writing are superb, it is what he is writing that is a breath of hermen [...]

    3. “Voicing one theme for the entire Bible and structuring all sermons around that idea may seem to be an impossible challenge. For veteran pastor and preaching Professor Edmund Clowney it will not do to preach a text from either the Old or New Testaments without fully preaching its ultimate and primary focus-the person and work of Jesus Christ. He writes, "To see the text in relation to Christ is to see it in its larger context, the context of God's purpose in revelation.""Clowney's rationale fo [...]

    4. Clowney says in the preface that the chapters are ‘[…] sermons are offered as messages to be heard as preaching, not as footnoted theses for study’ (p. 10). Thus, the book is not so much about how to preach Christ in all of Scripture, but a few examples of how one can go about it. The first two chapters do provide some kind of theoretical framework, but I thought the content could have been organised better. So here are the chapters:1) Christ in all of Scripture.2) Preparing a sermon that [...]

    5. The best part of this book was chapters 1 and 2, where the author goes into his thesis for seeing Christ in the OT. But, even this section seemed a bit disjointed and hard to follow. The rest of the chapters comprised example sermons and they, for me, were just tough going. Heavy on explanation, light on illustration and application. I don't see how these (in the given format) would would fly before a live group. Then the sermons were so focused on the redemptive-historical component that it was [...]

    6. Preaching Christ in All of Scripture is a short master class in Christocentric preaching. In 2 long and packed chapters Clowney lays out the "how" and then gives 13 examples, one chapter each, of Christ centered sermons from a variety of Scriptures. I expected this to be a book comprised of the "how" material in the first 2 chapters but profited probably as much from seeing how Clowney executes his principles as I read his examples. Solid book on preaching. I recommend it without hesitation.

    7. I love Clowney. I can see why Keller loves him so much as well. The first two chapters are focused more technically on seeing Jesus in all of the Bible and how to walk through the OT especially. The rest of the book are selected sermons that are simply stirring. Clowney is so academic in Chapters 1 and 2 but his preaching is so accessible and helpful. The last 2 chapters will press you mentally but stick it out.

    8. Clowney provides a number of sermon manuscripts that model preaching Christ from all of Scripture, but there is really little guidance on how do to it - outside of the examples. The sermons are very good - particularly those from the OT narratives.

    9. Though some of the topics drag a bit, Clowney's knowledge of the Bible and more importantly, his understanding of the Bible is well worth every second of your time.

    10. This book isn't just for preachers. It's a great guide for how to read the Bible with its intended meaning.

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