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While strong, gospel-centered preaching abounds, many Christian pastors and lay preachers find it difficult to preach meaningfully from the Old Testament. This practical handbook offers help. Graeme Goldsworthy teaches the basics of preaching the whole Bible in a consistently Christ-centered way. Goldsworthy first examines the Bible, biblical theology, and preaching and sho While strong, gospel-centered preaching abounds, many Christian pastors and lay preachers find it difficult to preach meaningfully from the Old Testament. This practical handbook offers help. Graeme Goldsworthy teaches the basics of preaching the whole Bible in a consistently Christ-centered way. Goldsworthy first examines the Bible, biblical theology, and preaching and shows how they relate in the preparation of Christ-centered sermons. He then applies the biblical-theological method to the various types of literature found in the Bible, drawing out their contributions to expository preaching focused on the person and work of Christ. Clear, complete, and immediately applicable, this volume will become a fundamental text for teachers, pastors, and students preparing for ministry.


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While strong, gospel-centered preaching abounds, many Christian pastors and lay preachers find it difficult to preach meaningfully from the Old Testament. This practical handbook offers help. Graeme Goldsworthy teaches the basics of preaching the whole Bible in a consistently Christ-centered way. Goldsworthy first examines the Bible, biblical theology, and preaching and sho While strong, gospel-centered preaching abounds, many Christian pastors and lay preachers find it difficult to preach meaningfully from the Old Testament. This practical handbook offers help. Graeme Goldsworthy teaches the basics of preaching the whole Bible in a consistently Christ-centered way. Goldsworthy first examines the Bible, biblical theology, and preaching and shows how they relate in the preparation of Christ-centered sermons. He then applies the biblical-theological method to the various types of literature found in the Bible, drawing out their contributions to expository preaching focused on the person and work of Christ. Clear, complete, and immediately applicable, this volume will become a fundamental text for teachers, pastors, and students preparing for ministry.

30 review for Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching

  1. 4 out of 5

    Peter Jones

    I do not think I have ever read a book that weaves together theology, specifically biblical theology, with preaching in such an excellent way. Goldsworthy's book challenged me on numerous levels. I am not sure I agree with everything he says, but his diagrams, clarity of writing and love for Christ make this an excellent antidote to much of the shallow preaching that fills the pulpits of America. I felt it was far superior to Brian Chapell's Christ-Centered Preaching. This book is meat and will I do not think I have ever read a book that weaves together theology, specifically biblical theology, with preaching in such an excellent way. Goldsworthy's book challenged me on numerous levels. I am not sure I agree with everything he says, but his diagrams, clarity of writing and love for Christ make this an excellent antidote to much of the shallow preaching that fills the pulpits of America. I felt it was far superior to Brian Chapell's Christ-Centered Preaching. This book is meat and will push a pastor to look closely at his theology, as well as his preaching. In the first section he examines the relationship between preaching and biblical theology. In the second section he goes through the various genres and gives examples of how to preach Christ from all of Scripture. My main question is one of application. If Christ is the central point of all of Scripture, which cannot be denied, how do we bridge from what Christ did to how we are supposed to live? Goldsworthy is right to say that all of our action as Christians must flow out of the Gospel. But how does this translate to application in preaching? Again Goldsworthy does a good job of showing how the point of the Old Testament is not primarily to give us character studies, but to show the progress of God's redemptive work in history. So the point of Daniel is not primarily to show us Daniel's character, but God's ruling over the nations and his delivering his people. But again, how do I apply books like Daniel without sinking into moralism? I wish he had answered these questions more clearly. Still, it is a great book and one I will be referring to often.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Coalición por el Evangelio

    «Cómo predicar a Cristo usando toda la Biblia» es un libro muy importante. Desafiará las suposiciones del predicador y lo alentará a profundizar en el texto bíblico, lo cual es la única manera de crecer como predicador de Cristo. Creo que alentará a muchos a predicar a Jesús y su evangelio de diversas maneras, ya que imparte ideas sobre las inescrutables riquezas de Cristo desde varias partes de la Biblia. Lee la reseña completa en Coalición por el Evangelio. «Cómo predicar a Cristo usando toda la Biblia» es un libro muy importante. Desafiará las suposiciones del predicador y lo alentará a profundizar en el texto bíblico, lo cual es la única manera de crecer como predicador de Cristo. Creo que alentará a muchos a predicar a Jesús y su evangelio de diversas maneras, ya que imparte ideas sobre las inescrutables riquezas de Cristo desde varias partes de la Biblia. Lee la reseña completa en Coalición por el Evangelio.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jason Harris

    I love the concept and the goal, but found the presentation/writing thick and difficult. Also, the author seems to be unselfconsciously Covenantal, which is a bit off-putting if you're not sold on that approach to Scripture. If you're committed to broader Reformed Theology (not just Reformed Soteriology), you'll probably find this more appealing than I did. I love the concept and the goal, but found the presentation/writing thick and difficult. Also, the author seems to be unselfconsciously Covenantal, which is a bit off-putting if you're not sold on that approach to Scripture. If you're committed to broader Reformed Theology (not just Reformed Soteriology), you'll probably find this more appealing than I did.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nick Abraham

    Just plain good. Wish I could go back and make my younger self read this. The application of Biblical Theology is the real gift of this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laurent Dv

    Titre en français : Christ au coeur de la prédication Excellent livre qui comme la majorité des livres pour les prédicateurs n'est pas seulement utile pour les prédicateurs mais pour tout le monde. Il explique pourquoi il faut prêcher Christ dans tous les passages (même l'Ancien Testament) et sa méthode précise pour le faire. Pour chaque partie du canon (le pentateuque, les psaumes, les récits historiques etc), il donne des conseils particuliers, mais le contenu reste léger. La meilleure introduc Titre en français : Christ au coeur de la prédication Excellent livre qui comme la majorité des livres pour les prédicateurs n'est pas seulement utile pour les prédicateurs mais pour tout le monde. Il explique pourquoi il faut prêcher Christ dans tous les passages (même l'Ancien Testament) et sa méthode précise pour le faire. Pour chaque partie du canon (le pentateuque, les psaumes, les récits historiques etc), il donne des conseils particuliers, mais le contenu reste léger. La meilleure introduction pour une lecture de la Bible centrée sur Christ et le meilleur résumé de la pensée de Goldsworthy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rick Dugan

    Graeme Goldsworthy's book "Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching" is excellent for helping preachers locate any text of Scripture within the big picture of the gospel and the kingdom. Three simple questions will help anyone teaching God's word: What was the theological significance of this text for the original audience? What is the theological significance of this text in redemptive history? What is the theological signifi Graeme Goldsworthy's book "Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching" is excellent for helping preachers locate any text of Scripture within the big picture of the gospel and the kingdom. Three simple questions will help anyone teaching God's word: What was the theological significance of this text for the original audience? What is the theological significance of this text in redemptive history? What is the theological significance of this text for us? The three epochs of redemptive history are also useful interpretive tools: The Kingdom in Israel's history (Creation to Temple - prototype of the Kingdom), the Kingdom in prophecy (judgement and the promise of a future salvation), and the Kingdom fulfilled in Christ (what was foreshadowed in salvation history and promised by the prophets is fulfilled in Christ). Goldsworthy makes a strong case for viewing scripture as the process of God's self-revelation (biblical as opposed to systematic theology). God's message and self-revelation are revealed in history and written down in Scripture. Scripture, therefore, provides us with a coherent and trustworthy vision of reality. Goldsworthy also does an excellent job in the opening chapters of placing preaching itself within the life and mission of the local church. This is an excellent book for revitalizing preaching in the local church and realigning preaching with the gospel. Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching

  7. 4 out of 5

    Micah Wehrle

    This book has had a tremendous impact on my understanding of the “Christocentricity” of preaching. If you think you understand preaching because you know you have to “talk about Jesus in every sermon” like I did, you will find you have an underwhelmingly shallow understanding of Biblical Theology. I have read several books on preaching, and maybe I just didn’t connect with other books as well as this one, but I feel Goldsworthy says with a sledgehammer what all the other authors were trying to s This book has had a tremendous impact on my understanding of the “Christocentricity” of preaching. If you think you understand preaching because you know you have to “talk about Jesus in every sermon” like I did, you will find you have an underwhelmingly shallow understanding of Biblical Theology. I have read several books on preaching, and maybe I just didn’t connect with other books as well as this one, but I feel Goldsworthy says with a sledgehammer what all the other authors were trying to say with spitballs. Admittedly, however, Goldsworthy isn’t always the easiest to follow and the book can be a bit dense at times. But if mining for gold was easy then everyone would be rich. (Though if mining for gold was easy then the price of gold would plummet but information doesn’t lose its value because of supply and demand)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Reichard

    This book will aid and encourage any pastor who is struggling thinking through how to preach the Bible as a whole. Goldsworthy knows his bible and knows how to communicate biblical theology clearly. As I read this book I found part two to be more helpful then part one. Part one seems to jump around too much and I found myself lost in all the jumbledness of Goldsworthy trying to fit books worth of material into one chapter. If you know I a little of biblical theology skip part one and read part t This book will aid and encourage any pastor who is struggling thinking through how to preach the Bible as a whole. Goldsworthy knows his bible and knows how to communicate biblical theology clearly. As I read this book I found part two to be more helpful then part one. Part one seems to jump around too much and I found myself lost in all the jumbledness of Goldsworthy trying to fit books worth of material into one chapter. If you know I a little of biblical theology skip part one and read part two. If you have never read a preaching book in your life read the whole thing. But if you have read multiple preaching books save yourself some time and only read part two.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lucas Bragança

    Tem muita coisa boa aqui. Pretendo voltar a ele de vez em quando, especialmente na segunda parte do livro, a parte mais prática, pra pegar alguns auxílios e dicas para as futuras pregações. Mas achei a leitura extremamente cansativa. Só consegui concluir lendo em doses homeopáticas.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    This one book did more to help me understand Biblical Theology than any I have previously read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    George Parker

    If more pastors preached like Graeme Goldsworthy advocates in this book, the church would be far less anemic and far more Gospel-centered than it is today.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Garry Geer

    I had a love/hate relationship with the book. I show much loved the author's development of biblical theology and his stress on the redemptive arch found all through Scripture. He did a great job in avoiding moralism or atomizing texts. I did disagree with his central premise though that all Scripture (Old and New Testament) was centered on Christ. We see Christ in the OT because of the NT, and the OT helps us understand the necessity of the NT. Yet, I believe the larger narrative concerns God's I had a love/hate relationship with the book. I show much loved the author's development of biblical theology and his stress on the redemptive arch found all through Scripture. He did a great job in avoiding moralism or atomizing texts. I did disagree with his central premise though that all Scripture (Old and New Testament) was centered on Christ. We see Christ in the OT because of the NT, and the OT helps us understand the necessity of the NT. Yet, I believe the larger narrative concerns God's glory, and the Gospel is part of that. I plan to read through a few more times, a great resource.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    This is an excellent work on "the application of Biblical Theology to expository preaching." I only have one criticism of the book. While the author frequently warns against the error of moralizing by disconnecting imperative from indicative, he never actually illustrates what proper application of a biblical imperative should look like in practice. This is an excellent work on "the application of Biblical Theology to expository preaching." I only have one criticism of the book. While the author frequently warns against the error of moralizing by disconnecting imperative from indicative, he never actually illustrates what proper application of a biblical imperative should look like in practice.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sergio Tapia

    muy bueno

  15. 5 out of 5

    Willy Robert

    Livro excelente, amplia muito a nossa percepção sobre a importância da Teologia Bíblica. Orientações indispensáveis pra quem quer pregar expositivamente. Recomendo.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Halloran

    Mi reseña por Coalición por el Evangelio. Mi reseña por Coalición por el Evangelio.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Guillermo Jiménez

    Un gran libro para aquellos que quieren aprender a predicar toda la escritura desde la unidad que emerge en Cristo. Ayuda mucho a evitar errores que comúnmente se cometen al abordar el AT.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Alvers

    Goldsworthy does not disappoint in this work. I have far to much good to say and only a few things to detract from. So I will say little of either and simply say this is a book for preachers. If you haven't read this you should and take your time with it. The gold here is rich. I found it hard to stay connected through the genre section. It's where the book necessarily bogs down. So it's long but necessary, well at least I hope it was. I have heard far to many make the objection that the Christ- Goldsworthy does not disappoint in this work. I have far to much good to say and only a few things to detract from. So I will say little of either and simply say this is a book for preachers. If you haven't read this you should and take your time with it. The gold here is rich. I found it hard to stay connected through the genre section. It's where the book necessarily bogs down. So it's long but necessary, well at least I hope it was. I have heard far to many make the objection that the Christ-centered paradigm doesn't honor Biblical genre. If you think so try to match wits with Goldsworthy here and at least you will come away understanding something far different. So many objections to Christ-centered preaching are well handled here by Goldsworthy that it is too important to miss in the overall conversation. So preachers, go get it!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Aldea

    excelente libro. tiene mucha doctrina pero, a la vez, muchos ejemplos prácticos. Un libro imperdible para conocer o ampliar el concepto de Teología Bíblica. Por otro lado, enseña cómo ver y predicar de Cristo en el A.T. sin alegorizar, sino viendo las sombras o tipos, las conexiones con el Evangelio y el Reino de Dios. Un libro algo denso, pero que vale la pena leer!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hector Emilio Gonzalez Torres

    Sin duda un libro del cual podemos aprender mucho sobre la teología bíblica (la primera parte es teórica, la segunda práctica). En ocasiones se torna difícil de entender, dada su densidad. Una joya invaluable para latinoamérica reformada.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Decker

    Great for preachers new to biblical theology. Redundant in some areas, insightful but lacking info in other areas. All in all, a good reminder for what expository preaching is w/out narrow restrictions that some homileticians force.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Fuller

    I really like Goldsworthy as an author. He writes in a style that is easy for me to read an understand. This one is on my bookshelf but I've been studying other topics. It is definitely a "to read" though! I really like Goldsworthy as an author. He writes in a style that is easy for me to read an understand. This one is on my bookshelf but I've been studying other topics. It is definitely a "to read" though!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Alexander

    Practical and solid interpretation principles to get to Jesus and his cross- "the gospel" from wherever you are in Scripture, be it law, narrative, prophets etc., Practical and solid interpretation principles to get to Jesus and his cross- "the gospel" from wherever you are in Scripture, be it law, narrative, prophets etc.,

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    A good book for every pastor to read. The focus on the centrality of the gospel in the Bible. The need for bringing Christ into every sermon is the author's teaching. A good book for every pastor to read. The focus on the centrality of the gospel in the Bible. The need for bringing Christ into every sermon is the author's teaching.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Seth Channell

    I really like the tips he gave on how to preach from different genres of Scripture. The only warning I would give is to be prepared for a technical read in the early chapters.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    con una lectura densa por momentos pero de gran edificación para cimentar nuestra teología bíblica.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Thomas

    Essential book on preaching. Great read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    So far so good! Goldsworthy really draws us away from legalism and works, and helps us re-focus on Jesus Christ, our Salvation!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Meeks

    Easily understandable and incredibly helpful. One of the best books on how to do the hard work of preaching Christ from all the Scriptures.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alix

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