When Christians understand all the scriptures as God’s Word for them, their eyes open to the incomparable beauty of the divine character. God loves us, despite how we persistently rebel against him. God stands over and against us in judgment, yet he pursues us. He has shown us the way to live in the world he graciously created, even as we ignore his perfect law. And from the beginning of all things he planned to take on flesh and dwell among us, faithfully pursuing his unfaithful servants, even unto death on the cross, so that in this death we might find eternal life.
Sadly, too many Christians jump into this story midstream. They know bits and pieces of the Old Testament—how God created the heavens and the earth, what rules he wants us to follow, how he worked through faithful believers to inflict justice on enemies. But they often fail to see how it all fits together as one story of grace from first to last, featuring God’s ultimate act of salvation in Jesus Christ. This project seeks to equip teachers so they can acquaint Christians with this story, beginning with the Old Testament. Whether you preach regularly, lead a small group, or simply want to learn more about the Bible, you’ll find resources here that will unveil the beauty of this story.
What I’ve Learned from Years of Preaching Christ in the Old Testament
Alistair Begg, Mark Dever, and Philip Ryken
Three eminent pastors talk with Owen Strachan about how they became convinced to preach Christ from all of Scripture—including Song of Solomon—and how they preserve the moral sense of Scripture without abandoning the gospel.
Getting to Know the Bible Personally as One Grand Narrative
Kent Hughes, David Jackman, and Ligon Duncan
Three world-class expositors talk with Michael McClenahan about why many Christians don’t recognize the Bible as one story about Christ and his gospel. They discuss weaknesses in evangelical spirituality and explain how a Christ-centered reading of all the Scriptures nourishes our soul.
How to Teach Children and Youth the Gospel Story
Kimberly Thornbury, David Helm, and Russell Moore
Three teachers, authors, and parents talk with Greg Thornbury about obstacles that pop up in teaching our children the gospel and how to help parents understand the Bible.
What Is Redemptive-Historical Preaching?
Dennis E. Johnson
God has developed the theme of redemption throughout history, revealing the gospel more clearly through Paul than through Moses, but we can observe many key continuities from Genesis to Revelation.
Preaching Christ from the OT: An Interview with Sidney Greidanus
Ask seasoned preachers who helps them preach Jesus Christ and the gospel from the Old Testament, and you’re likely to hear about Sidney Greidanus. Professor emeritus of preaching at Calvin Seminary, Greidanus wrote one of the seminal works on the subject, Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method.
Heralds of the King: Christ-Centered Sermons in the Tradition of Edmund P. Clowney
Dennis E. Johnson
Clowney, the late president and professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, was a trailblazer of Christ-centered, redemptive-historical preaching. He ignited in many seminary students and pastors a passion to preach Christ from all the Scriptures as the fulfillment and climax of God's plan of redemption. This collection of sermons is intended to illustrate how various preachers—including Tim Keller—with different gifts, backgrounds, and personal emphases are working out in practice the homiletic principles they learned from Clowney.
The One-Year Book of Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament
Takes readers from Genesis through Malachi, shining the light of Christ on the promise of a descendant who will put an end to the curse of sin; the story of a father who offers up his son as a sacrifice; the symbol of a temple where people can meet with God; the prophecy of a servant who will suffer; the person of a king who will rule with righteousness—and so much more.
Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method
Challenges Old Testament scholars to broaden their focus and to understand the Old Testament not only in its own historical context but also in the context of the New Testament. Suggesting specific steps and providing concrete examples, this volume provides a practical guide for preaching Christ from the Old Testament.
Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures
Dennis E. Johnson
Builds on the work of Geerhardus Vos, Herman Ridderbos, Edmund Clowney, Sidney Greidanus, Graeme Goldsworthy, Bryan Chapell, and others, Johnson enlists exegetical, theological, and historical evidence to build its case that ministers of the Word may—and must—proclaim every passage of Scripture in light of the entire Bible's redemptive-historical structure, its Christocentric focus, its life-transforming purpose, and its missiological mode of communication.
Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson
Readers of the New Testament often encounter quotes or allusions to Old Testament stories and prophecies that are unfamiliar or obscure. In order to fully understand the teachings of Jesus and his followers, it is important to understand the large body of Scripture that preceded and informed their thinking.
Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture
Goldsworthy first examines the Bible, biblical theology, and preaching and shows how they relate in the preparation of Christ-centered sermons. He then applies the biblical-theological method to the various types of literature found in the Bible, drawing out their contributions to expository preaching focused on the person and work of Christ.
Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament
Christopher J. H. Wright
Jesus' story is rooted in the story of Israel. Wright traces the life of Christ as it is illuminated by the Old Testament. And he describes God's design for Israel as it is fulfilled in the story of Jesus.
Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament
Edmund P. Clowney
Beginning with Adam and Eve and continuing through to the last of the Prophets, Clowney walks through the Old Testament, revealing Christ in places where he is often overlooked.