Preaching in the New Testament
Preaching in the New Testament

Preaching in the New Testament

in New Studies in Biblical Theology

by Jonathan I. Griffiths

Pages 160
Publisher IVP Academic
Published 2017
ISBN-13 9780830826438
Many Christians share the assumption that preaching the word of God is at the heart of God's plans for the gospel in our age, that it is vital for the church's health, and that it is the central task of the pastor-teacher. Many helpful books on preaching are available. The vast majority are concerned with "how-to," but relatively few focus primarily on the character and theology of preaching according to Scripture.

Two key, interrelated questions need to be addressed. First, is there such a thing as "preaching" that is mandated in the post-apostolic context—and, if there is, how is it defined and characterized? Second, how does post-apostolic "preaching" relate to the preaching of the Old Testament prophets and of Jesus and his apostles?

In this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume Jonathan Griffiths seeks answers to these questions in the New Testament. In Part One he gives an overview of the theology of the Word of God, surveys Greek terms related to preaching, and looks at teaching concerning the scope and character of other word ministries in the life of the church. In Part Two his exegetical studies concentrate on teaching that relates especially to the post-apostolic context. In Part Three he summarizes the exegetical findings, sets them within the context of biblical theology, and proposes a number of broader theological implications.

Griffiths's accessible, scholarly investigation will be of value to scholars, pastors, preachers, and Bible teachers.

Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship, and to point the way ahead.

  • Series preface
  • Authors' preface
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Foundational Matters
    • 1. The word of God in biblical theology?
    • 2. The language of 'preaching' in the New Testament?
    • Excursus 1: The identity of the preachers in Philippians 1:14-18
    • 3. The word ministries of all believers
  • Part II: Exegetical Studies
    • 4. 2 Timothy 3–4: The preacher's charge
    • Excursus 2: Biblical-theological connections between New Testament preaching and Old Testament prophecy
    • 5. Romans 10: The preacher's commission?
    • 6. 1 Corinthians: The power of the gospel in authentic Christian preaching
    • 7. 2 Corinthians 2–6: Beholding the glory of God in preaching
    • 8. 1 Thessalonians 1–2: Preaching the very words of God
    • 9. Hebrews: Preaching to the gathered people of God
  • Part III: Summary and Conclusions
    • 10. Summary and conclusions
  • Index of authors
  • Index of Scripture references


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