Preaching Is Christ Centered

A key feature of preaching is Christ centeredness.  It has to be.  This is because preachers are heralds of the scriptures and all of the scriptures are about Christ.  Explicitly or implicitly, directly or indirectly, every single part of the Bible points us to Him.  There is no passage in the whole book which is an exception.

It was the spirit of Christ that moved every Old Testament author to write what he wrote.  (1 Peter 1:10-12)

It was the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who opened the Old Testament to His disciples and explained to them that He was in it everywhere.  (Luke 24:27)

The four Gospels, Acts, all the Epistles and Revelation also have Him as their great subject.

So what shall we say about a preacher who opens the Bible and does not preach Christ from the passage in front of him?  Such a preacher has not understood the Book and if he has not understood the Book he should not be preaching.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the sum and center of all that God has revealed in His Word.  He is the focus of the Bible storyline.  He is the heart of every writer, unveiling Himself to their minds and so guiding their pen.

He reveals Himself through the Bible’s pages to every person He has personally commissioned to preach.  Where He is not preached there is no preaching at all.

Stuart Olyott                                                                                                                    Evangelical Theological College of Wales 

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About Greg Coleman

I am a Particular Baptist who affirms the absolute sovereignty of the triune Godhead in all things. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in the God-man Jesus Christ. He is the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Disposer and Judge of all that ever was, is now or ever shall be. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men. He was made to be sin for his people and saved them from their sins by his substitutionary, sacrificial death on the cross thereby satisfying the justice and wrath of God against them. The sufficiency of his death to the satisfaction of God’s justice is proven by his physical resurrection from the dead and enthronement in glory at the right hand of the Father. Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
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One Response to Preaching Is Christ Centered

  1. Don Parish says:

    Amen and Amen!
    Don Parish

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