Many book trailers ask the author, Why did you write this book? I want to flip that a bit and answer the question, “Why should you read this book?” Let me give you seven benefits of reading Jesus on Every Page(RSS/Email readers view here)
1. Bigger picture: You’ll get a bigger picture of redemption, and of the God of redemption, by seeing how God’s plan of redemption began long before Bethlehem and Calvary.
2. Increased confidence: You’ll increase your confidence in Scripture by seeing the beautiful unity of God’s unfolding plan of salvation by grace in both Testaments.
3. Amazing grace: You’ll be more amazed at God’s grace as you discover it revealed in places and experienced by people that you’d never thought of before.
4. Ten Keys: You’ll get 10 keys to help you understand the Bible better, especially the bits that we struggle with most. How do you tackle the prophets? What is a type? What do you do with the law? And so on.
5. Better teacher: You’ll become a better teacher of Scripture. Are you a preacher, a Sunday school teacher, a Bible study leader, or even just want to teach your own children better? This book will help you teach more clearly and confidently, especially from the more difficult and neglected parts of the Bible.
6. Richer New Testament: You’ll understand the New Testament better. One hugely beneficial side-effect of studying the Old Testament is the way it enriches our understanding of so many parts of the New Testament. For example, it’s almost impossible to understand the Epistle to the Hebrews without knowing about Leviticus.
7. Warm heart: You’ll have your heart warmed, as we walk the Emmaus road with Jesus as our guide. Yes, I want to fill your brains with information, but above all I want to fill your hearts with love. Both Christ’s love for you and your love for Christ.
Oh, yes, and there’s an eighth reason: buy before August 31 and you get $100 of Old Testament Freebies including videos, posters, lectures, and eBooks.
The Christward Collective
Here’s a new blog for you to bookmark. “The Christward Collective is an attempt to help introduce the reader to various aspects of theology, together with the experiential benefits that ought to flow from them. Whether systematic, biblical, exegetical, historical or pastoral theology, we are seeking to help further equip believers for growth in their relationship with Christ and other believers. In short, we long for all believers to care deeply about theology and to see the “cash value” of diligently pursuing such study. This site is a place where “doctrine and life meet.” Nick Batzig kicks off with a post about the use of the Old Testament in the New.
Old Testament Introduction Course.My 63-lecture, 450+ page introduction to (almost) every book in the Old Testament. Each Old Testament book is summarized and analyzed, with many Christ-centered applications.
Preaching can be biblical without being balanced, without being biblically balanced. Biblical balance is extremely difficult to achieve because the preacher is so liable to imbalance. Factors which cause imbalance include:
The preacher’s personality: happy or sad, optimistic or pessimistic, introvert or extrovert
The preacher’s experience: the preaching he heard growing up, his conversion, professors, present trials
The preacher’s models: the kind of preaching he is listening to
The preacher’s preferences: academic, historical, practical, devotional
The preacher’s gifts: may be very talented teacher but a poor evangelist
The preacher’s fears: if I preach this then so-and-so will get mad, leave, etc.
The preacher’s isolation: detached from the people, he becomes detached from real life.
A preacher is riding 18 see-saws all the time! He must balance between:
Old Testament and New Testament
Teaching Christians and evangelizing the unconverted
Young Christians and old Christians
Churched unbelievers and unchurched unbelievers
Old and young – different concerns and language
Conviction of sin and free offer of the Gospel, law and Gospel
Challenging the hypocrite and comforting the trembling believer
Narrative, doctrinal, practical, devotional parts of the Bible
The different persons of the Godhead
Ancient truths and modern life
Biblical illustration and modern illustration
Heaven and hell, promise and threat
Textual exposition and thematic teaching
Calm/quiet/slow and passionate/loud/urgent
Indicatives and imperatives
Helping to live now and preparing for eternity
Respecting tradition and reformation
God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility
How can you help the preacher achieve biblical balance?
1. Prayer: He has so many difficulties to overcome and so many balances to achieve.
2. Patience: Don’t judge him on one sermon but over a period of weeks and months. Sometimes he may have to be unbalanced to correct a problematic imbalance in the congregation.
3. Persuade: If imbalanced over the medium-to-long-term, try to gently and calmly persuade him.