It is sometimes difficult to preach a good exegetical sermon from the Old Testament narratives and provide solid practical application. Benjamin Walton (D. Min, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) provides a helpful guide in his book Preaching Old Testament Narratives.
Everything hinges on hermeneutics. To preach with biblical authority we must ensure our sermons accurately proclaim and apply the message of the biblical preaching texts.
In this work, Walton shows how to select a narrative text that is a complete unit of thought, how to determine the theological message of the text, and then how to craft a meaningful take-home truth. Walton then provides a practical example of these steps from 2 Samuel 11-12. The bulk of the book focuses on how to deliver the message.
I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to applying his concepts the next time I preach an Old Testament narrative.
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