One issue that is often discussed in preaching these days is how to preach Christ from the Hebrew Scriptures. You see this debate not only in discussing the redemptive-historical approach, but also in books like Bryan Chapell's Christ-Centered Preaching, Ed Clowney's Preaching Christ from All of Scripture, and Dennis E. Johnson's Him We Proclaim.
I was reminded of the importance of this issue yesterday as I read the account of Jesus' call to Philip to follow him: "Philip found Nathanael and said to him, 'We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph'" (John 1:45).
As I read this yesterday, I was amazed that Philip was able to see Jesus so clearly in the Law and prophets. It was a good reminder to me to take this issue seriously.
In coming posts, I'll try to highlight some of the dangers we face as we preach Christ from all of Scripture, as well as some ways we can do this well.