The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative

by Glen H. Jones

Preaching from the Old Testament presents challenges for the modern preacher. The challenges focus not so much on the preparation and delivery of the Old Testament narrative, but on the receptivity of the audience. Too many view Old Testament stories as far away and unrelated to the here-and-now. Mathewson shows us how to breathe fresh life into Old Testament narrative preaching. Drawing freely from literary terminology, he creates a framework for interpreting the past into the living present. He makes liberal use of the central meaning of the text and the lessons it has for us in today's world. The Big Idea (theme), plot, setting, archetypes, and point of view each contribute to the author's preparation of the sermon. Once the sermon idea has taken shape, the preacher must consider three key essentials: explanation, validation, and application. The speaker tries to lead his hearers to consider the "truth" of the message and how he or she should react to that truth. Getting into and out of the sermon are the most challenging parts of the presentation. The speaker may choose to begin with a story, an illustration, or a quotation. Above all, he must grab the hearer's attention at the place where he lives. The sermon exit may use some of the same materials as the introduction: a song, a story, a quotation, or an illustration. The author includes a few sermons in the appendix to illustrate the craft he has outlined.
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