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Sidney Greidanus
"A solid contribution to the challenge of preaching Christ from the Old Testament."

Pulpit Helps
"Preachers will find this a rich resource for sermon preparation. Highly recommended."

Clergy Journal
"Goldsworthy contributes to an improved expository preaching that hones in on the person and work of Christ. This book is well thought out and a pleasure to read."

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A lecturer in Old Testament, Biblical theology, and hermeneutics at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (June 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802847307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802847300
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gontroppo on January 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to help me with preaching on the Psalms and have found it very useful. I was also intrigued by the problem of relating the book of Esther, especially the last few chapters, to our Christian lives today.
While I was disappointed to find there was not a single reference to Esther in the book, I have appreciated the way it makes you think through such issues as:
What is the relationship between the Old and New Testaments?
What is the central message of the bible?
How does each passage relate to the central message about? Christ? What does this mean to us as we seek to preach it?
The book has stimulated my thinking. It is one that would be worth reading a couple of times, and then consulting as you preach on particular biblical passages.
Goldsworthy has some interesting things to say about expository preaching, even sometimes using humour to get his message across.
A couple of the interesting things he says:
It is easy to preach about the exhortations to holy living in such a way that you ignore grace and bind yourself and your congregation with law again!
Preaching from the gospels must be done realising that the message Jesus preached to his first disciples needs to be nuanced in the light of his death, resurrection and ascension.
Goldsworthy explains these things much better than me!
Highly recommended.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Scott Kimbrough on October 18, 2002
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While many good books exist on preaching, many of which I have read, this one goes the extra mile. Goldsworthy's main premise is that the Christian Bible is the One Word Written of the One God about salvation in Jesus Christ. While indeed, we do need to be careful in how we approach the Old Testament within its own historical and literary context (in agreement with OT Theologians), Goldsworthy makes the important point that the apostolic testimony about Christ, from the Hebrew Scriptures, is the model that we have from the New Testament. There is a lengthy treatment of his understanding of Biblical Theology (similar to According to Plan). His Biblical Theology attempts to clearly see the continuity and discontinuity between the Covenants, while affirming the central subject matter of both: Jesus Christ. The second part of the book then puts a biblical theological approach to the Scriptures into practice. There are sections on HOW to preach the Law, the Psalms, the Prophets, Historical Narrative, etc. Interstingly, he even shows how Biblical Theology applied to preaching the New Testament must result in some changes in our use of the texts. There is something for everyone here: for the interested Bible study leader, some clear tips on how to understand the Bible; for the seminarian or pastor, a great theological resource as well as hands on help from an outstanding evangelical theologian.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Notgnostic on September 13, 2002
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In seminary a professor warned fledgling preachers, "Never, ever preach the Old Testament through Christian eyes." Such nonsense can take the wind right out of a baby preacher's sails in a hurry. Goldsworthy eloquently and seamlessly draws together all Scripture into a coherent whole testifying to Jesus Christ -- typologically, prophetically, and as ultimate fulfillment. This is one of the best and most relevant books I have ever read as a pastor and preacher.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Mehn on July 6, 2005
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Preaching the Whole Bible As Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching (Paperback)

by Graeme Goldsworthy

This book is very valuable for Christ-centered preaching. It is scholarly but is also a practical treatment for lay preachers and pastors. He speaks deeply about the need to have Biblical Theology influence our preaching. There is much here on hermeneutics and theology for preaching. He speaks much of the Kingdom of God and salvation history as part of our preaching. His diagrams and explanations for that would be very valuable to share with others. I wish I had read this in seminary.

He, without hesitation, demands that unless the work of Christ is not mentioned in a sermon then it is not a Christian sermon. He has a very balanced and deep understanding of the gospel for both the unbeliever and the believer. It is this preaching that should be part of every message. He warns about the danger of moralistic and legalistic preaching if Christ's work for us to obey is neglected.

He seems to understand the broad tendencies of preaching in our day and encourages and warns in appropriate ways. It is particularly helpful for those preaching from the OT. The book is divided into two sections. Basic Questions We Ask about Preaching and the Bible and The Practical Application of Biblical Theology to Preaching. There are several good examples of the practice he would like to cultivate in preachers.

He is an evangelical and he is reformed in his theology.

"while there is much in the Bible that is strictly speaking not the gospel, there is nothing in the Bible that can be truly understood apart from the gospel. ...
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Joy L. Strickland on June 4, 2007
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In his book, Goldsworthy attempts to write a magnum opus on the topic of what it means for preaching to be distinctly "Christian." He thus begins with some basic subject matter, covering topics such as the composition and unity of the Testaments, the relationship between theology and preaching, the meaning of the "gospel," and even salvation-history. In the second half of his book, Goldsworthy telescopes in to focus specifically on the issue of theology's relationship with preaching. He thus proceeds to give something of a survey of the canonical literature and suggestions for how to demonstrate Jesus as "the key to understanding Scripture." (p. 249) Goldsworthy's concerns, however, are not merely textual; thus he concludes his book with an interesting and practical section on how to preach Biblical theology thematically.

While I sympathize with Goldsworthy's intentions for writing this book, I honestly came away from it with very mixed feelings. There are some points which are very commendable: he demonstrates a high view of Scripture and preaching, he has a Christ-centered theology, and, this is the book's greatest strength, he understands that good Biblical exposition cannot be divorced from good Biblical theology. The fact that he has taken such pains to attempt to define what a "Biblical theology" is and to demonstrate its necessary relationship to evangelical preaching can only be admired. Also, the fact that Goldsworthy demonstrates such a concern for practical application rather than theory alone also counts in the book's favor.

All that having been said, there were also some serious flaws in this book that must not go unnoticed - I will address each issue that caught my attention in order from least to most glaring.
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