How to Preach and Teach the Old Testament For All Its Worth
Many preachers either tend to downplay the Old Testament, or mishandle it as a set of moral tales and symbols. In this wonderful resource, Christopher Wright explains the why and how of Old Testament preaching, covering all its major sections,...
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Many preachers either tend to downplay the Old Testament, or mishandle it as a set of moral tales and symbols. In this wonderful resource, Christopher Wright explains the why and how of Old Testament preaching, covering all its major sections, and including checklists, exercises and model sermons.
Many preachers ignore preaching from the Old Testament because they feel it is outdated in light of the New Testament and difficult to expound.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.
Christopher J. H. Wright (Ph.D., Cambridge) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His doctorate is in Old Testament ethics. He taught Old Testament in India for five years (1983-88) at Union Biblical Seminary, and then returned to the faculty of All Nations Christian College, a missionary training school in England, where he was principal from 1993-2001. Wright is now the international director of the Langham Partnership International (known in the United States as John Stott Ministries), providing literature, scholarships and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries.
He has written a number of informative books for thinking Christians including commentaries on Deuteronomy (New International Bible Commentary) and Ezekiel (The Bible Speaks Today), Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, The Mission of God, the Trilogy Knowing God the Father through the Old Testament, Knowing the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament, and Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament and The Uniqueness of Jesus. An ordained Anglican, he serves on the staff of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, England. His most recent publications are The God I Don't Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith and Salvation Belongs To Our God.
- :part 1: Why Should We Preach From The Old Testament?1.god Has Spoken2.the Story And The Promise3.understanding Jesus Through The Old Testament4.don?t Just Give Me Jesus5.connecting With Christpart 2: How Can We Preach From The Old Testament?6.god?s Story And Our Stories7.five Questions To Ask When Preaching Old Testament Stories8.seven Dangers To Avoid When Preaching Old Testament Stories9.understanding Old Testament Law10.preaching From Old Testament Law11.meet The Prophets12.preaching From The Prophets13.getting To Know The Psalms14.preaching From The Psalms15.preaching From The Wisdom Literatureappendix 1appendix 2