Gospel Coalition Panel Discussion: What I have learned after years of preaching Christ in the Old Testament

At The Gospel Coalition national conference, BibleMesh was able to conduct three panel discussions. This is the first of the three, entitled ““What I’ve Learned from Years of Preaching Christ from the Old Testament,” in which I (Owen Strachan) asked three veteran preachers, Alistair Begg, Mark Dever, and Philip Ryken, what they have learned after years of preaching Christ in the Old Testament.

The discussion began with how each person came to be convinced of a Christ-centered preaching model of the Old Testament. There we discussed how each pastor came to the personal conviction that Christ should preached from all of Scripture. Next, we covered more esoteric topics like how do preachers preserve the moral sense of Scripture without abandoning the gospel–or, the question that makes every young preacher’s knees knock–how do we preach Christ from the Song of Solomon?

Sprinkled throughout the discussion were resources mentioned by each of one of the contributors. Below are several of them:

About Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan is Associate Professor of Christian Theology and Director of the Center for Theology and Cultural Engagement at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A graduate of Bowdoin College (A.B. in History), Southern Seminary (M.Div. in Biblical & Theological Studies), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Ph.D. in Theological Studies), Dr. Strachan serves as president of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and is the author of The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World (Thomas Nelson, July 2015).
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  • Thanks for making this public… good stuff and a great resource!

    Soli Deo Gloria!

    jason d.

  • I must say this conference accomplished a few things for me: 1) I am grateful for having Goldsworthy as the author of a couple texts in hermeneutics, and 2) Helped me decide to jump right into the OT and Hebrew next semester at SBTS!

  • Owen

    Appreciate the feedback from you folks, and welcome to the blog. Marc, I agree with 1) and am glad that this panel was helpful for 2). I did the same thing in my MDiv at SBTS–jumped right in. Glad I did.

    Thanks much, Jason.

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  • Thanks for the video! Any chance we’ll get an mp3 of just the audio?

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  • Anonymous

    John–thanks for your question. The audio will be available on this blog this week.

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  • Anonymous

    I use to know Edmond Clowney, personally.  I understand how to derive meaning from the biblical text and compare/relate the literature in a holistic manner. 

    My question is this.  As an educated scholar do you take into consideration that the the old testament and new testament linguistics (specific language and references) were not tied in together by educated scholars who were writing the scripts at the times they were written?  Just in the same manner that we look for Christ in the scripture (2,000 years removed) how much more were the scholars, at the time these texts were written, motivated by the underlining theme of previously written biblical texts to place the similar language in their writings?  They were much more aligned with the symbolic ideologies than we are today.  The message of the foundational (old testament) scriptures were, much in the same way, derived from other cultures that surrounded and even concurred the Hebrew peoples.  Does it ever occur that this ingenious text, called the old and new testament, was not the result of a cultural mixing-pot hosted by one of the most well documented cultures in history?  Of coarse if you believe that the texts were written by the original authors than this comment will appear irrelevant to you.  If you are interested in the fact that these biblical text were not all written by their acclaimed authors; then how does this text, not like all other culturally dominate texts, differ?  I have read the bible.  I am not speaking out of an extreme point of view.  What I will say is this. When I read the bible with historical context, it was plain to see the obvious connections that I came to (previously mentioned above).  If you have read the bible for yourself, without the guidance of a pastor or equivalent, then please feel free to comment.