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Preaching The Ten Commandments

Overview

Keeping the grace of the gospel central in your sermon is a particular challenge when your text is the Ten Commandments. We hang the Ten Commandments in our children’s rooms and lift them up on the steps of courthouses, but can pastors preach Christ from them? We've identified resources to help wade through the challenges pastors face when preaching the law, along with encouragement for Christ-centered application.

Recommended Resources

Workshops

Preaching Christ from the Law Mar 31, 2011 | Author: David P. Murray | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: courses
The Ten Commandments Today Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Peter Jensen | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: courses
Decalogue Talk Jan 01, 2000 | Author: William Dumbrell | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: courses
Christ and the Ten Commandments Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Iain Campbell | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: sermons
Expounding Christ: Christ and the Law Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Edmund Clowney | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: courses

Interviews

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Books

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory

Philip Graham Ryken
Ryken helps us see God's teaching and character in this grand story of deliverance. His treatment of the Ten Commandments in this context is especially helpful for preachers who want to teach the gospel of God's grace.

The Ten Commandments: Manual for the Christian Life

J. Douma
A classic, insightful exposition of the Ten Commandments that demonstrates the wisdom of God's Word for the pressing issues of our day.

The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses

Vern S. Poythress
The first five books of the Old Testament were written centuries before the birth of Jesus. Yet they intricately involve him. Poythress explores Genesis through Deuteronomy, demonstrating how the sacrifices and traditions of the Hebrews graphically foreshadow Christ’s relationship with his people. Poythress also explains how the penalties of the law refigure the destruction of sin and guilt through Jesus.

Law and Its Fulfillment: A Pauline Theology of Law

Thomas R. Schreiner
Heady but clear, Schreiner helps us understand how the New Testament, particularly Paul, interprets the law.

Written in Stone: The Ten Commandments and Today’s Moral Crisis

Philip Graham Ryken
The church exists in a kind of moral limbo where we say we live under grace, yet still know that the commandments have to have a role in our lives somewhere. Where should we place them in our everyday lives, motives, and attitudes? Ryken explains that the commandments are an expression of God's character—this means that they provide foundational principles for how we relate to God and his plan for our lives.

40 Questions About Christians and Biblical Law

Thomas R. Schreiner
Schreiner not only coherently answers the tough questions that flow from a discussion about the Old Testament Levitical law, but also writes clearly and engagingly for the student. The pastor, student, and layperson can easily understand Schreiner’s biblical theology of the law.

How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments

Edmund P. Clowney
Clowney explains how Jesus intensifies the law and expands its scope to every situation in life. But as the author did so often during his ministry, he goes further, finding Christ in the law and showing how he fulfills it for his people.

Good Preaching Examples

The Sixth Commandment Feb 15, 2011 | Author: Aaron Messner | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: sermons
Ten Commandments 3 Mar 13, 2009 | Author: R. W. Glenn | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: sermons
Ten Commandments 2 Mar 13, 2009 | Author: R. W. Glenn | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: sermons
Ten Commandments 1 Mar 13, 2009 | Author: R. W. Glenn | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: sermons
The Ten Commandments Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Kent Hughes | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: sermons
The Seventh Word of Grace Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Kent Hughes | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: sermons
The Second Word of Grace Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Kent Hughes | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: sermons
The Ninth Word of Grace Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Kent Hughes | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: sermons
The Fourth Word of Grace Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Kent Hughes | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: sermons
The Fifth Word of Grace Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Kent Hughes | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: sermons
The Eighth Word of Grace Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Kent Hughes | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: sermons
Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep It Holy Oct 06, 1985 | Author: John Piper | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: sermons

Recommended Series and Sermon Outlines

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Additional Resources

The First Commandment Jan 01, 2000 | Author: John Frame | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: courses
Introduction to the Decalogue Jan 01, 2000 | Author: John Frame | Topic: Ten Commandments | Category: courses