Many preachers ignore preaching from the Old Testament because they feel it is outdated in light of the New Testament and difficult to expound. On the other hand, some preachers will preach from the Old Testament frequently but fail to handle it correctly, turning it into moralistic rules or symbolic lessons for our spiritual life. In How to Preach and Teach the Old Testament for All Its Worth, Christopher J. H. Wright proclaims that preachers must not ignore the Old Testament. It is the Word of God! The Old Testament lays the foundation for our faith and it was the Bible that Jesus read and used.
Looking first at why we should preach from the Old Testament, the author moves on to show the reader how they can preach from it. Covering the History, Law, Prophets, Psalms, and Wisdom Literature, interspersed with practical checklists, exercises, and sermons, Wright provides an essential guide on how to handle the Old Testament responsibly.
Part 1: Why Should We Preach from the Old Testament? 1. God has spoken 2. The story and the promise 3. Understanding Jesus through the Old Testament 4. Don’t just give me Jesus 5. Connecting with Christ Part 2: How Can We Preach from the Old Testament? 6. God’s Story and our stories 7. Five questions to ask when preaching Old Testament stories 8. Seven dangers to avoid when preaching Old Testament stories 9. Understanding Old Testament law 10. Preaching from Old Testament law 11. Meet the prophets 12. Preaching from the prophets 13. Getting to know the Psalms 14. Preaching from the Psalms 15. Preaching from the Wisdom Literature Appendix 1 Appendix 2