Text-Driven Blog

Preaching Christ from the Epistles

On the one hand, the goal of text-driven preaching is always the same: to interpret and communicate a biblical text so as to re-present the substance, structure, and spirit of the text. On the other hand, doing this well means paying attention to the distincti... Read More »

Preaching Christ from the Parables

Why parables? When Jesus told stories to the crowds, the disciples asked why He told parables (Matthew 13:10-17, 34-35). Jesus’ answer emphasizes that parables are not intended to hide truth or hide the person of Christ from the person who wants to find Chri... Read More »

Preaching Christ from Acts

The entirety of Scripture points us to Jesus and God’s saving activity through Him. Like every book in the Bible, Jesus shines brightly in the book Acts. As Luke recounts the birth and rapid expanse of the Church, he keeps Jesus as the focal point and brings... Read More »

Preaching Christ from the Gospels

It may sound strange to ask, “How do I preach Christ from the Gospels?” After all, the Gospels, more than any other biblical books, are the explicit stories about Jesus and the explicit teachings of Jesus. These are the firsthand accounts of the birth, lif... Read More »

Preaching Christ from Psalms

Some things in life are not open for discussion. Whether we can and should preach Christ from the Psalms is one of them. Jesus was unmistakably clear when He said to His disciples, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that ever... Read More »

Preaching Christ from Old Testament Narratives

Numbers 24:15-19 – “A Ruler Will Come Out of Jacob” Who would expect a non-Israelite Prophet like Balaam to be the avenue through whom God would give one of his strongest promises about a coming King and Ruler over all of the world? But that is what Numb... Read More »

Preaching Christ to Build the Church

I am currently preaching through the Book of Nehemiah. We are only in chapter two, but we are being challenged and blessed by the faith and leadership of God’s builder in 444 BC. Long before our current President spoke of building a wall of protection along ... Read More »

Preaching Christ: Jesus from Luke 24

Our meditation today, with Easter fast approaching, is the resurrection accounts in the Gospel of Luke. Chapter 24 describes the discovery of the empty tomb and three encounters with the risen Christ. Each section of the chapter is a narrative scene that conta... Read More »

Preaching Christ in the Power of the Spirit

Like a lot of kids growing up, I played summer league baseball. We were living in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the time, and I can still feel the intense heat reflecting off home plate as I wiped it clean each inning with my catcher’s glove.   Not too many ki... Read More »

Preaching Christ: What Jesus Said about the Kingdom of God

Perhaps, an obvious and explicit application comes to mind when we read Matthew 13. The application in question relates closely to the imagery of “the man buying the field” or “the merchant seeking fine pearls.” Essentially, once we understand the wort... Read More »

Preaching Christ: The Resurrection

As Easter Sunday rolls around each year, preachers everywhere wonder, “How can I preach a fresh sermon on the resurrection?” “How can I preach something that doesn’t sound just like last year, and the year before, and the year before….?” This c... Read More »

Preaching Christ: The Need to Preach Christ and Him Crucified

Since 1942, a bronze bust memorializing an early twentieth century minister has stood in Denny Park, Seattle’s earliest city park. A plaque on the monument states, “To the Memory of Rev. Mark A. Matthews, D.D., LL.D., Preacher of the Word of God and Friend... Read More »

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