4 Ways Paul Encourages Us to Love the Church (Even When It’s Hard)

Beauty on the Inside Around the corner from where I live, a house is for sale. In bold green letters, the lawn sign reads: “I’m Gorgeous Inside!” The message is surprising. From the street, the house is thoroughly ordinary, even run-down. It’s a seventies-era raised...

Gently and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

The most important thing about us is what we think about God. What do you think of when you think about the Son of God? Some might first think about His miracles, the work of atonement, or His teaching. Others may think about His person. Christ is one person with two...

Authentic Christians Are Progressively Sanctified, Part 2

Join Andy as he continues his series through 1 John looking in more depth at 1 John 1:7-2:1.

Repentance and Leadership in the Home: What It Means to be the Chief Repenter in the Home

On today’s Warriors of Grace show continuing season three, Dave discusses what biblical repentance is and why it matters, persistent sins and biblical repentance, and what it looks like practically for men to be the chief repenter in their home. What you’ll hear in...

A Christian Reading Manifesto

Modern technology has launched us into the stratosphere of learning. With the click of a mouse or a few keystrokes, we can access information from around the world and gain a treasure chest of knowledge. Smartphones are at the forefront of the new technological...

How Paul Led from a Distance: A Model for Pastors Leading From A Distance

The apostle Paul led from a distance. His letters demonstrate deep affection for his readers, a longing to see them again, and his ongoing burden to lead well, even while apart. For example, Paul wrote to the Philippian church from a prison cell in Rome.  But his...
Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (Edmund P. Clowney)

Posted On May 6, 2017

Most of us read the Bible as if it is telling a story, one that culminates in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We get the overarching narrative of Scripture and can see that Scripture sets out to tell a story about Christ. For some reason, however, it is more difficult to make this transition into the pulpit. A lot of sermons seek to apply to Scripture to their own moralistic purposes, or they simply present the facts of the verses read without pointing to its Christological significance. Thankfully, we have many prominent preachers and theologians like Edmund Clowney to point us back to the true purpose of our preaching: to “take account of the full drama of redemption, and its realization in Christ” (11).

In Preaching Christ in All of Scripture, Clowney not only aims to convince its readers of the importance of Christocentric preaching but demonstrates it at length. This book is divided into three sections. Clowney first shows the “theoretical foundation” for reading and preaching Christ from the whole of Scripture. Following this chapter, he gives preachers very ground-level wisdom for how to go about actually doing it. The last and longest section of the book is a collection of sermons from Clowney himself, with the intention of modeling this style of preaching.

I found this second section to be the most beneficial for me of all. Clowney goes through the process out laying out how we should structure our sermons, pray in our sermon preparation, and lean on the Lord’s presence in our sermon prep and preaching. Here are some of the key quotes from the chapter that I underlined:

  • “Careful, devout reflection on the Word of the Lord remains the key to entering his presence in worship.” (48)
  • “When preaching from Gospel accounts, do not put the words of Jesus into indirect discourse. Call on your hearers to hear the words of Jesus, and quote them.” (54)
  • (Quoting Martyn Lloyd-Jones), “If you are preaching in the energy of the flesh, you will feel exalted and lifted up. If you are preaching in the power of the Spirit, you will feel awe and humility.” (55)

Page 58 is the most valuable page in the entire book, in my opinion. I have “decades of wisdom” written in the margin next to several underlined phrases and points made. This section was extremely beneficial.

I also really benefitted from Clowney’s sermons, because he is emulating and modeling everything he is calling preachers to do by actually disciplining them into the process with an “I do, you watch” approach. These sermons beautifully bring together all of Clowney’s arguments and points made in the first two sections to help us think through how we should think through our own Bible reading and sermon prep. I do wish there had been more of an even balance between preaching methodology (58 pages) and examples (120 pages). Clowney is obviously a very seasoned preacher, and he definitely could have unpacked more of his principles to make it its very own book!

Nonetheless, the book is still a must-have for preachers, especially young preachers, as it will really help form us into a proper understanding of our task in the pulpit, and how to go about doing it, with some help along the way from Clowney’s very own mind. Preaching Christ in All of Scripture is an important volume that I will be sure to return to for its important homiletic reminders.

Related Posts

How to Lead a Small Group Bible Study

How to Lead a Small Group Bible Study

What a privilege it is to lead a Bible study! And what joy and excitement await you as you delve into the Word of God and help others to discover its life-changing truths. If God has called you to lead a Bible study group, I know you'll be spending much time in prayer...

Drinking Deeply from the Fountain of Biblical Theology

Drinking Deeply from the Fountain of Biblical Theology

When Jesus approached His two disciples departing Jerusalem on the day of His resurrection, He asked, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” (Luke 24:17). Deftly, he quizzed them about the events of his own death, burial, and...

The History of Interpretation and Current Approaches To The Bible

The History of Interpretation and Current Approaches To The Bible

Biblical Interpretation through the Centuries Throughout the centuries there have been hot debates about the meaning of Scripture. In fact many church councils were called to end what was considered heretical teachings and debates about the meaning of God’s written...

0 Comments

Share12
Tweet7
Reddit
Pin
Share