Friday, August 8, 2008

Apostolic Preaching

Also at "In the Clearing" this week, Bob quotes from a book by Dennis E. Johnson entitled Him We Proclaim- Dennis E. Johnson on Apostolic Preaching
There's a little nugget on page 331, where Johnson states that even when sermons are based on New Testament passages, they are not necessarily "apostolic." He defines that term with these four elements:

* Christ-centered
* attentive to redemptive history
* grace-driven
* missiologically articulated

I suspect that those four descriptors, taken together, make for about as perfect a definition of real preaching as one will ever find.
I think it will be a goal for me to preach like that every chance I get behind a pulpit. I may have to read this book.