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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:
- Leonhard Goppelt, Typos: The Typological Interpretation of the Old Testament in the New (Eerdmans) (Editors note: Highly recommended)
- John Bright, The Kingdom of God (Abidington Press)
- Edmund Clowney, Unfolding Mystery (P&R)
- Graeme Goldsworthy, The Goldsworthy Trilogy (Send the Light)
- Sam Logan, Preacher and Preaching: Reviving the Art in the Twentieth Century (P&R) – Ryken mentioned specifically Edmund Clowney’s article.
- Mark Dever, The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made (Crossway)
- D. A. Carson, G. K. Beale, Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Baker)
- Sidney Greidanus, Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method (Eerdmans)