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This is the aim of Jonathan Griffiths’ book Preaching in the New Testament which provides an exegetical and theological argument for the necessity of the ministry of the Word known to Christians as preaching. Griffiths exegesis begins with verbs in the Greek language that are connected to the act of preaching, heralding, proclamation, or a combination thereof. Griffiths exegesis is seeking to assuage any tension between differing word ministries in the church and to establish the conclusion of if churches should continue to allow preaching. Moreover, Griffiths ensures that the reader possesses proper theology of the Word of God to begin the preaching journey.
The second portion to Preaching is the application of the exegesis of the Greek verbs which give credence to preaching in the biblical text. Texts surveyed are Hebrews, Romans 10, 1 Thessalonians 1-2, and others. Griffiths chose these passages due to their call to post-apostolic preaching. I am thankful Griffiths examines these because each text presents a different characteristic to post-apostolic age preaching.
Griffiths has written a volume which will contribute to homiletics far beyond expectation. I say this because it is not another “how-to”, but rather it argues the heart of the necessity for preaching from the biblical text. Thus it is not only theologically consistent but also exegetically consistent. For preachers of all ages and students of preaching, I hope you will consider adding this book to the preaching section of your library.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from InterVarsity Press. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and a positive review was not required. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
This book is divided into three main sections. In the first section a biblical theology of the word is presented, the key terms used to describe preaching in the New Testament are explored, and the word ministry of all believers is addressed. In the second section of the book Griffiths narrows in with laser focus on six of the most prominent New Testament passages that address the issue of preaching the word, his work addressing Hebrews and its implications for the church are worth the price of the book. Th third and final section provides an overview of the material covered in previous chapters with some important implications of this work explored.
Biblical preaching has fallen on hard times, and rather than argue for the importance of preaching simply based on its importance in church history we must have a biblical foundation for preaching in the church. Griffiths in this work points to the solid foundation for understanding the enduring importance of preaching in the life of the church which is found in the New Testament.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
The initial task of the early church was to announce and proclaim the good news that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead, and that through faith in him and trust in his work upon the cross people could be forgiven and reconciled both to God and one another. But once communities were formed around Jesus, all members of the fellowship were then to engage in "Word ministry" with one another, teaching and reminding one another of the Scriptures and challenging those in the fellowship to live in accordance with the message they had received. Preachers were the initial heralds. But moving forward, what is the place of preaching, and preachers? Griffiths makes it clear that preaching was mandated in the apostolic age, but demonstrates that this ministry is to continue beyond the church's earliest beginnings, and that the church is wise to continue to appoint and equip for ministry those whom God calls to preach.
This book includes helpful word studies, an overview of what the Bible as a whole has to say about preaching, and a close examination of the role of preaching in the New Testament. I found this study helpful and illuminating, as well as clarifying. If the church is to continue to call forth and equip preachers, it will be invaluable to know what preaching is and to what end it should be directed, both in the announcement of the gospel and in the ongoing work of equipping congregations with knowledge of God as it has been and is being revealed through Scripture. Studies like this one will no doubt be of help.
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