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Christ In Every Book

By: Pastor James Hayes

Christ is the theme of the entire revelation of God. He is promised in Genesis, revealed in the law, prefigured in its history, praised in its poetry, proclaimed in its prophecy provided in its Gospels, proved in its Acts, preeminent in its Epistles and prevailing in Revelation.

He is seen in every book of the Bible. Take a journey through the halls of the Bible and in every one of them you will see Christ

IN Genesis He is the Seed of the woman

IN Exodus the Lamb for sinners slain

IN Leviticus our High Priest

IN Numbers The Star of Jacob

IN Deuteronomy The Prophet like unto Moses and the Great Rock

IN Joshua the Captain of the Lord of Hosts

IN Judges the Messenger of Jehovah

IN Ruth our Kinsman Redeemer and Faithful Bridegroom

IN 1 Samuel He is seen as the Great Judge

IN 2 Samuel He is the Princely King

IN 1 Kings as David’s choice

IN 2 Kings as the Holiest of all

IN 1 Chronicles as the King by birth

IN 2 Chronicles as King by judgement

IN Ezra He is seen as Lord of Heaven and Earth

IN Nehemiah as the Builder

IN Esther our Mordecai

IN Job our Daysman and our Risen Returning Redeemer

IN Psalms the Son of God and the Good Shepherd

IN Proverbs our Wisdom

IN Ecclesiastes as the One Above the Sun

IN Song of Solomon the Great Church Lover, the One Altogether Lovely and the Chiefest among Ten Thousand

IN Isaiah He is the Suffering and Glorified Servant

IN Jeremiah the Lord Our Righteousness

IN Lamentations the Man of Sorrows

IN Ezekiel the Glorious God

IN Daniel the Smithing Stone and the Messiah

IN Hosea He is the Risen Son of God

IN Joel the Out Pourer of the Spirit

IN Amos the Eternal Christ

IN Obadiah the Forgiving Christ

IN Jonah the Risen Prophet

IN Micah the Bethlehemite

IN Nahum He is the Bringer of Good Tidings

IN Habakkuk the Lord in His Holy Temple

IN Zephaniah the Merciful Christ

IN Haggai the Desire of All Nations

IN Zechariah the Branch

IN Malachi the Son of Righteousness with Healing in His Wings

IN Matthew He is the King of the Jews

IN Mark the Servant

IN Luke the Perfect Son of Man

IN John the Son of God

IN Acts He is the Ascended Lord

IN Romans the Lord Our Righteousness

IN 1 Corinthians Our Resurrection

IN 2 Corinthians Our Comforter

IN Galatians the End of the Law

IN Ephesians the Head of the Church

IN Philippians the Supplier of Every Need

IN Colossians the Fullness of the Godhead

IN 1 Thessalonians He comes for His Church

IN 2 Thessalonians He comes with His Church

In 1 Timothy He is the Meadiator

IN 2 Timothy the Bestower of Crowns

IN Titus our Great God and Saviour

IN Pholemon the Prayer of Crowns

IN Hebrews the Rest of the Faith and Fulfiller of Types

IN James the Lord Drawing Nigh

IN 1 Peter the Vicarious Sufferer

IN 2 Peter the Lord of Glory

IN 1 John the Way

IN 2 John the Truth

IN 3 John the Life

IN Jude He is Our Security

IN Revelation the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Lamb of God, the Bright and Morning Star, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Christ in every book was presented by Pastor James Hayes from the South Peoria Baptist Church, Peoria, AZ, during a message given in December of 1994.

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8 Reasons You Should Preach Through Books of the Bible

8 Reasons You Should Preach Through Books of the Bible
Jared C. Wilson

The resurgence of a commitment to expository preaching in many evangelical circles is a very encouraging sign as the contemporary church navigates so many shifting cultural trends with so many shifting stylistic trends of its own. As many younger churchmen have begun to look not at the latest preaching styles, but at what evangelicalism’s elder statesmen have been doing for years, and as they’ve begun studying the homiletical practices of the gospel renewal movements throughout church history, we’ve fortunately seen a rise in expositional preaching. Many of us have maintained a commitment to this kind of explication even when our sermons happen to be topical.

While there’s no need to be dogmatic about this kind of sermon delivery, and while I think taking time for short topical sermon series or strategic “stand-alone” messages can be good and helpful, I do think it is generally wise for a pastor not just to preach expositionally, but to preach expositionally through entire books of the Bible. I think every preacher ought to endeavor to feed his flock this way. And here are eight reasons why:

1. It’s biblical.

Contrary to what some have said, expository preaching through books of the Bible has biblical precedent. The two most notable examples can be found in Nehemiah 8, where Ezra preaches through the book of the Law, “giving the sense” (v.8) as he goes, and of course, in Luke 24, where “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Jesus interpreted to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (v.27).

2. It helps people learn their Bible.

It is a sad reality that most Christians get most of their Bible at church. We want them to spend daily time in the Word, of course, but too many don’t and won’t. Preaching through books of the Bible, over time, exposes churchgoers to the fullness of God’s counsel. This is even true for Christians who do study their Bibles but who tend to do so like their preachers tend to preach, favoring certain books or certain stories or certain devotional emphases. If a preacher will preach through whole books, he will eventually get to more “obscure” books that even some studious Christians haven’t spent much time in.

3. It spiritually stretches the preacher and deepens his understanding of God.

If a preacher will commit to preaching through entire books of the Bible, he will find himself dealing with difficult and complex passages he might otherwise have avoided. Systematically working through a book means you can’t skip the confusing parts or the scandalous parts or the “boring” parts, the study of all of which is helpful to the preacher’s own devotional life—since all Scripture is breathed out by God and useful (2 Tim. 3:16)—and consequently helpful to the congregation.

4. It puts controversial or “hot topic” issues in their proper place.

A preacher committed to preaching through books of the Bible can’t hobby-horse or camp out on one political, social or cultural issue he feels most important. His preaching isn’t being driven by Hallmark or the headlines. Thus, he gets around to the “social issues” when the Bible does and ends up correlating his concern and energy about them to the Bible’s concern and energy about them.

5. It helps Christians see the full storyline of redemption.

The gospel announcement of Christ’s sinless life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection for the salvation of sinners is a grand plan foreshadowed and echoed throughout all of Scripture, and preaching through entire books of the Bible helps churches see the epic story God is telling about His Son from the foundation of the world. Similarly:

6. It more greatly magnifies the glory of Jesus Christ.

As my favorite children’s Bible storybook says, “Every page whispers His name.” As Jesus himself says to those disciples on the road to Emmaus, even the old covenant Scriptures are about Him. And as Paul says, all the promises of God find their “yes and amen” in Jesus (2 Cor. 1:20). To not preach through as many biblical texts as you can is to withhold certain aspects of Christ’s glory from your church. To preach systematically through books of the Bible—laboring faithfully in the work of Christ-centered exposition—is to show the glory of Christ in surprising, fresh and God-designed ways.

7. It fosters congregational patience, endurance and commitment to the word.

Hopping from one topic to the next, jumping around according to pastoral interest or current devotional mood, has some advantages to be sure, but a commitment to a book more befits the plodding needed for faithful, long-term ministry. Preachers who preach through books of the Bible logically think in more long-term ways, which is beneficial for pastoral fruitfulness. And the way preachers preach shapes their church. A pastor who commits to showing Christ week after week through book after book re-wires the short attention spans of modern congregants to the Spiritual fruit of patience, the Christian virtue of endurance, and the church’s mandate to be “people of the book.” Nothing shows a pastor’s and a congregation’s fidelity to and reliance on the Word of God alone like preaching the whole counsel of the Word of God alone.

8. It creates a longer pastoral and congregational legacy.

As C.S. Lewis once said, “To go with the times, is to of course go where all times go.” Or, alternatively, also from Lewis: “The more up-to-date a book is, the sooner it is out of date.” Substitute “sermon” for “book,” and I think we’re on to something here. To preach with the times is to go where all times go. Now, sermons ought to be applicable and relevant to the Christian’s daily life and the world we live in. But the great thing about the Scriptures is that they are remarkably applicable and relevant to the world we live in without our help! And while sermons fashioned toward the tyranny of the now may be of some help for some time, sermons preached from the eternal word can be of help for all time. In the long run of pastoral ministry and the life of the church, a pastor who resources his congregation with faithful, plodding biblical exposition is providing a body of work that will live much longer after his own departure. What a milestone it would be to get to the end of preaching through the entire New Testament to your church, or even, should God grant you this length of tenure, the entire Bible! Wouldn’t that be a finish line worth shooting for?

Jared C. Wilson is the Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Seminary, managing editor of For The Church, and author of more than ten books, including Gospel Wakefulness, The Pastor’s Justification, and The Prodigal Church.

The above article, “8 Reasons You Should Preach Through Books of the Bible” was written by Jared C. Wilson. The article was excerpted from www.ftc.co web site. July 2016.

The material is copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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