Tuesday, August 18, 2009

All of Scripture Points to Christ?

image If you read widely in preaching blogs, this lecture is not new news to you. But it was to me and I found it very helpful.

In June, Bryan Chappell spoke at John Piper’s Advance09 conference. I want to spend a couple of days reflecting on some things in Chappell’s address.

His assigned topic was to help preachers learn to find Christ in all of the scriptures. (His title was: “Communicating the Gospel In and through Preaching"O).  We may think that there are large sections of the Bible, especially in the Old Testament that really have nothing to do with Christ unless you moralize and allegorize it to death. But such is not the case. At least Jesus didn’t think so.

Luke records that on the road to Emmaus, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” (Luke 24:25)

We could also add the words of Jesus to the Jewish leaders in John 5:39: “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you possess eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.”

Chappell notes that all (yes, all) points to Christ’s person/work in one of four ways

  • PREDICTING the coming & work of Christ
  • PREPARING FOR the coming & work of Christ
  • REFLECTING the coming & work of Christ
  • A RESULT OF the coming & work of Christ

Try it out.  Look at any pericope in scripture and see if it doesn’t play out.  You may have to work at bit (I did NOT say “stretch it a bit”), but they are there.  Jesus said so. 

I will say more tomorrow about those accounts that seem to be “dead ends.”

I believe there is great merit in this. Chappell notes that “If Christ ever takes second place in our preaching you can be sure that something else will come in & takes it’s [His] place.”

He second, notes that if we fail to see Christ in all of scripture we will miss the point and begin to moralize…what people “should do.” (More about that on a later day).

I would recommend you carve out an hour to listen to the full lecture. Find it here.

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