Don’t Get Left Behind: Why Pastors Should Consider Preaching through Revelation in Our Cultural MomentBy Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Through Political Turmoil | 09.29.2020
If you want to pastor faithfully in the midst of cultural and political turmoil, then consider teaching through the book of Revelation.
Genesis 1:1–3:19 | On the Serpent, the Promised Seed, and Nahash the King of the Ammonites (Bible Talk, Ep. 1)By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 09.09.2020
These first three chapters of the Bible are so important because they set the trajectory for everything that comes next—all the way until we get to Revelation 22.
Barrett reminds us that the character of God is at the center of the Christian faith and helps us marvel at his majesty.
Hopefully, these passages and the questions they evoke will propel us to become the fishbowl community into which the nations can look and clearly see tangible, gospel-centered love in a world that so desperately needs it.
We often come to the table uneasy. We know we’ve been unfaithful. But as our shifting eyes look up, our Savior sits at the head of the table—staring at us with eyes full of affection.
“King Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Now that’s good news. So why on earth would anyone want to reply to that, “Eh, half of it is, anyway”?
The cross and the kingdom are theologically inseparable because the only way into the kingdom is through the cross.
The church isn’t just one aspect of the Christian life, it’s the context of our Christian life—it shapes all the other aspects of our Christian obedience.
Preaching faithfully from the Old Testament is always a challenge. But preaching faithfully from the Old Testament Prophets is perhaps most challenging of all.
Don’t preach the Psalms in isolation—from their immediate or broad context. May God bless his Word in your mouth, and may the sentiments in the Psalms be the heartbeat of God’s people.
If you’ve ever preached from any of these books, you know they can be challenging. What follows are five pitfalls to avoid.
I’ll discuss ways you shouldn’t preach historical narrative, illustrating each point by primarily looking at 1 Samuel 4–7: the battle of Aphek, the conflict between Dagon and Yahweh, and the battle of Ebenezer. If you haven’t read those chapters in a while, I’d encourage you to give them a look.
When was the last time you preached through wisdom literature?
The solution is not to jettison imitation but to look again at Scripture, letting Scripture’s own interpretation guide our proclamation.
Allegory is something less than exposition. It’s difficult to know where to draw the line. How far is too far?