Even though Luke is the longest book in the New Testament, I want to encourage pastors to preach through the whole book.
The task which I have set myself in this lecture is to focus and explicate a belief which, by and large, is a distinguishing mark of the word-wide evangelical fraternity: namely, the belief that the cross had the character of penal substitution, and that it was in virtue of this fact that it brought salvation to mankind.
How can a church in a secular setting work toward a culture where discussing God’s wrath and substitutionary atonement isn’t frowned upon but celebrated?
Did Jesus himself understand his death as a penal substitutionary atonement? Or did later New Testament authors make it up?
Penal substitution offers a helpful corrective to those living in an honor-shame culture, and helps them rightly understand their status before God and what God has done for sinners in Jesus Christ.
How do we preach the cross without communicating some kind of rupture in the Trinity?
At the root of every caricature of penal substitutionary atonement is a distorted doctrine of God.
Some professing Christians don’t know what it means when we say “Jesus died for you.” Pulpits are to blame for this serious confusion.
Christ in his death and resurrection is the beating heart of the gospel. So preach penal substitutionary atonement in all its range and richness.
Preaching the Gospel of Mark as early as possible into my ministry may be the best advice I have ever received as a pastor.
Matthew’s Gospel reveals the wisdom of the gospel message and the new way of life that results as disciples discover truth through encounters with Jesus.
Malachi was the last voice of God to the people of Israel before the heavens went silent for about 400 years. Such a voice must be significant, even if only for that reason.
If we leave off the gospel in our sermons and only preach moral imperatives, then we reduce our message to moralism.
Evangelicals prioritize preaching. However, an emphasis on the expositional teaching of the Bible will naturally and organically result in a defined confessionalism