Thursday, September 20, 2007

These quotes are from an article by Bryan Chapell, “The Future of Expository Preaching.” I found them encouraging and challenging. May you hear the cry for the true proclamation of God's Holy Word as well...

On the Mount of Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus. The Old Testament figures appear in order to indicate that Jesus is the culmination of their message and all that they represent. As Jesus tells his disciples elsewhere, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms…Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:44-45). Thus, the expositor’s goal is to dianoigo and diermeneuo (“open” and “unfold”) the meaning of the Scriptures. Since their culminating and comprehensive purpose is to reveal the glory of Christ’s person and work, exposition cannot avoid him without abandoning Scripture’s aim" (p.75).

"If Christ is NOT more beautiful to us than anything - more precious than gold, more fulfilling than success, more lovely than life itself - then his absence in others' lives does not seriously disturb us. Only when we discover how profound is the goodness of life in him do we truly grieve for those who do not have his blessing in their life" (p.79).

"The goal of expository preaching that has a future is to preach him - regularly, pervasively, truly - from all the Scriptures" (p.80).


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