Reading the Gospels in Light of the Gospel

Last year I wrote a post titled “Preaching Christ from the Gospels,” in which I sought to introduce and address the issue of the our need to set all of the teaching of the Gospels in the context of the Person and saving work of Christ. With the rise of biblical theology and its application to the OT narrative, the importance of  BT to the Gospels has often been overlooked. It’s the “story behind the story” that sustains the teachings, stories and miracles of the Gospel. This past Sunday morning I taught a Sunday school lesson at New Covenant on reading the Gospels in light of the Gospel. The title was, “The Gospels in Light of Christ.” You can listen to the lecture here. I hope to develop this into more formal material in the months ahead. I’d love any feedback along the way.

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  1. I was really blessed by Tim Keller’s thoughts on this theme in the Preaching Christ to Postmoderns course (available free on iTunes from Reformed Theological Seminary) when he discussed how easy it is to preach a text with Jesus in it and miss the gospel of Jesus. He used the example of Jairus.

  2. Dave, Keller and Clowney have been immensely helpful with regard to their biblical-theological commitments. I think that their courses at WTS, RTS and Covenant have been much needed and much welcomed resources. I have also benefited from Geerhardus Vos, O. Palmer Robertson, T. Desmond Alexander, G.K. Beale, John Fesko and Sinclair Ferguson with regard to a biblical-theological approach to Scripture. I think that Ferguson is the most consistently Christ-centered out of all of them. He has a way of organically relating the text to Jesus, that I find compelling and refreshing.

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