Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture

by Graeme Goldsworthy

Too often ministers confine their preaching to New Testament texts. The Old Testament is also a veritable gold mine for gospel preaching, according to Graeme Goldsworthy.

However, before the author gets to the Old Testament, he establishes foundational truths: Christ is preeminent, the Bible is the Word of God, the resurrection of Christ is central to the gospel message, and salvation history began in Genesis and culminated in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Building on these presuppositions, one can appreciate that Old Testament texts give rich insight into unfolding salvation history. The Levitical Law, the Ten Commandments, and the Tabernacle point to the ultimate redemption in Jesus Christ. The Old Testament prophets Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Amos point to God's love for His people and their ultimate salvation.

Proverbs, Psalms, and Job can be used to demonstrate that true wisdom comes from God and His Son, the ultimate Wisdom. Daniel's prophecy provides rich insight into God's oversight in the world's history.

I believe preachers will find this a rich resource for sermon preparation.