BCL Grow: Preach Christ — 1 Corinthians 1:23
1 Corinthians 1:23 (Gospel)
But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles. — 1 Corinthians 1:23
“One of the most compelling reasons preachers should interpret and preach Christ from all the Scriptures is because Jesus and the apostles did it. Jesus and his disciples interpreted the Scriptures—which for them was the Hebrew Bible (the OT)—in light of the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Messiah-King.” — Julius J. Kim, Preaching the Whole Counsel of God, p. 52.
Steps to Take
1. Ask: In some churches, the sermons being preached may be directed more to self-improvement and how to live a more fruitful, blessed life, without any mention the gospel. What do you think you should hear from the pastor on Sunday mornings?
2. Consider: Some pastors also use Old Testament passages as examples for us today, instead of teaching their flock to see Christ in all the books of the Bible and not just the prophetic books and New Testament books. Yet, when we read the Old Testament in light of God’s revelation in Christ, we find Christ in the first book of Genesis all the way through the the last book of Malachi.
3. Act: While we certainly can and should learn from the successes and failures of people in the Old Testament, their inclusion in the Bible is not primarily to teach us how to have good character or be more Christ-like. Rather, the entire Bible is God’s unfolding story of his redemptive plan to save a people for his kingdom, and we should always keep our focus on Christ as we are reading all of God’s word. Be sure to attend a church where Christ is preached from the Bible every Sunday.
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