Written by Jon Akin
My doctoral dissertation is on Proverbs, and I am currently preaching through the book. I often get asked about the best resources for Proverbs. There are many helpful resources for Proverbs, so here I try to list some that have been most helpful to me.
by Jon Akin
I was on a panel recently that discussed Christ-centered preaching. One of the topics that we discussed was the issue of the current backlash against a moral example hermeneutic—seeing the behavior of OT heroes as examples to emulate or avoid. Also, Dr. Daniel Block mentions this approach to the OT in his recent post on Ed Stetzer’s blog. I wanted to offer some more thoughts on this subject in response:
Recently, I was on a panel about Christ-centered preaching with Ed Stetzer, Trevin Wax, and Eric Hankins. You can listen to that discussion here. I had a lot of fun and was sharpened by the discussion. I wanted to take this opportunity to elaborate on the first question that was asked: “Why have this discussion?” I think there are at least 3 reasons:
We need to have this discussion so we can uphold the Gospel of grace in our preaching, teach pastors how to handle the OT, and effectively engage the culture around us.
Deciding what to include and leave out from sermon study is one of the most difficult tasks for young pastors in crafting sermons. Often sermons become a regurgitation of the cool things they learned in their study, instead of a focused exhortation.
A couple years ago, Pastor Ronnie Floyd tweeted a link to a Harvard Business Review article on “How to Craft a Persuasive Presentation,” and it has been a huge help to me in my sermon process. I do all of my exegetical work and study in a passage, next I exposit it verse-by-verse in its context, and then I put down a rough draft with an intro, exposition (interlaced with illustration and application), and a conclusion.
After I’ve done that I work through the tips in this article to refine my sermon. As the article says, “Most presentations are laden with unnecessary data, try to cover too much, and do little to change the audience’s mind.” I think this is true for a lot of sermons as well. See if these 4 steps are helpful for you:
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By Jonathan Akin
In preparation for the discussion of Christ-centered preaching that will be held on June 11 from 630-8AM in Houston at the SBC, I wanted to re-post a summary of my defense of Christ-centered exposition. I hope all of you will join Eric Hankins, Trevin Wax, Ed Stetzer and myself in Houston for beneficial discussion and free books!
I am committed to the Christ-centered exposition of the entire Bible because textually the Bible argues for this kind of interpretation, and practically I don’t want to preach in a way that could produce moralism.
Christ-centered interpretation was the method of Jesus and the Apostles
Jesus and the Apostles interpreted the Bible as all about Jesus. In Luke 24, Jesus says that each division of the OT was about him, and he rebukes the 2 disciples on the way to Emmaus for not seeing this. Also, Jesus tells his opponents that Moses wrote about Him (John 5:46). These men were experts in the OT, and yet they didn’t read it rightly because they didn’t see that it was all about Jesus. The apostles followed Jesus’ teaching. Each sermon in the NT is a Christ-centered proclamation of the OT, whether evangelistic ones like in Acts or the “exhortation” of the book of Hebrews. And Paul says that the purpose of the OT is to bring you to saving faith in Jesus (2 Tim 3:15).
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