|Publication Date: 19 Jan 2017|
|Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology|
|Page Count: 128|
|Author: Jonathan Griffiths|
|ISBN-13: 9781783594917, 9781783594924|
Preaching in the New Testament
Here is a careful, balanced, scholarly study of an important subject. The author is a New Testament scholar; but he is also a pastor with a warm heart for the health of the local church. Those who preach and those who train and equip preachers will be helped by working carefully through the lucid exegetical work presented here, and following it through to its theological and pastoral conclusions. I commend very warmly this perceptive contribution to the debates surrounding the subject.
This is a really valuable biblical and theological study of ‘preaching’. In an age when we rightly re-think our style of ministry because we want to serve our contemporary church and contemporary world, we need to know what are the essentials of gospel ministry, what should be discarded, and what should be adopted. To resolve these questions, we must turn to the Bible. Jonathan Griffiths has served us well in this book, which helps us to clarify what the Bible teaches and requires, the exegetical and theological support for ‘preaching’, and also its key significance in God’s plan of salvation.
In contrast to a tendency in some circles to minimize preaching or the sermon for the life of the church, Jonathan Griffiths shows that dynamic, powerful preaching of the Word by those set apart for this ministry is vital for the flourishing of the people of God. He argues clearly and cogently from the text itself, providing a readable treatment of a neglected theme in biblical theology.
I warmly welcome this fine exegetical study of the key biblical texts relating to preaching in the post apostolic age. Jonathan Griffiths argues, to my mind convincingly, that within the wider word ministry of the whole people of God, the New Testament assumes a unique and vital role for preaching and the preacher.
This volume … addresses the need for a biblical theology of preaching by focusing on some foundational matters … before closely studying a handful of passages in Paul and in Hebrews. Considering how much preaching is done week by week around the world, it is good to have a study that requires us to reflect on what we are doing.
Utterly biblical, thought-provoking . . . and very clearly and logically structured. Any preacher . . . can benefit from reading it.