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Evaluating the Use of the Bible in Preaching – Keith Beech-Gruneberg and Phillip Tovey

October 13, 2018

ETUOTBIPAlmost every preacher thinks it is important to use the Bible in preaching. However this is often done in very different ways.

Taking three actual sermons of three different kinds, this study offers three ways of assessing the use of the Bible, and so models ways in which we can assess our own preaching.

You will need to find the sermons analysed on Grove’s website bit don’t need to be logged in in order to do so.



Psalm 46 shows that ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (verse 10) is not about uiet meditation, but about ceasing from fighting and acknowledging God’s sovereignty. In Galatians Paul is talking about whether Christians need to obey the Old Testament law; so when he talks about ‘works’ and contrasts these with faith he means doing what the law requires rather than more general actions. (It is not necessarily wrong to extend Paul’s argument to cover any ‘work,’ as long as you are aware that Paul does not say this.)

Ashton’s interpretation essentially follows the NIV, which gives a perfectly acceptable translation. However, his suggestion that ‘sin is like a leopard ready to spring’ gives a different image to that in the text; the Hebrew word translated ‘crouch’ elsewhere in the Old Testament refers to a resting posture. The text says that sin is always there, not that it is about to pounce.

Too often Mary’s value to us is seen to be as an example of passive acceptance and acquiescence, but she is much more than that. Mary is the first sign that the old covenant is being fulfilled and the new covenant is being ushered in. Far from being passive she is an active encouragement to be listening, watching, and waiting on God and to give ourselves unreservedly to Him, whatever the cost.

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