Tag: exegesis


“Wresting the Text” – The Expositor in the Pulpit, Part 14

NOTE: This article is an excerpt from an excellent little book on preaching, The Expositor in the Pulpit, by the Greek scholar Marvin R. Vincent. The book is the content of his lectures given to students at Union Theological Seminary in 1884. The book is a must read for expository preachers and teachers. This section   …Continue Reading


THE EXPOSITOR IN THE PULPIT – Part 5

NOTE: This article is an excerpt from an excellent little book on preaching, The Expositor in the Pulpit, by the Greek scholar Marvin R. Vincent. The book is the content of his lectures given to students at Union Theological Seminary in 1884. The book is a must read for expository preachers and teachers. The first   …Continue Reading


Lessons on Preaching Hebrews . . . from Hebrews

The New Testament documents indicate exegesis was the primary method of doing theology in the early church. This is no more clearly evidenced than with the author of Hebrews. For him, Psalm 110:1, 4 serve as the “text” which he will, with the help of other Old Testament texts, expound theologically and apply to his   …Continue Reading


How to Preach Hebrews 10:19-25 – From Exegesis to Sermon Outline

Preaching that is text-driven and not merely text-centered requires a careful look at the structure of the passage. Here are some linguistic and exegetical thoughts on Hebrews 10:19-25, which is the first paragraph in the third major division of the letter. For more detail on this passage, see my commentary Hebrews in the NAC series,   …Continue Reading


Sunday’s Sermon Notes – 1 John 3:19-24

1 John 3:19–24 “How to Send Your Guilt Trip Packing”  NOTE: These notes are mostly exegetical/content oriented. For the full sermon with illustrations and application, see my 1-3 John: Fellowship in the Family in Preaching the Word (Wheaton: Crossway, 2013), 163-174 The center of this passage is John’s appeal in v. 23: we should believe   …Continue Reading


Review of Schreiner’s Chapter “Problematic Texts for Definite Atonement in the Pastoral and General Epistles” in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her

The final chapter in the biblical section is authored by Tom Schreiner, Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Seminary. I have known Dr. Schreiner for many years. He is one of Southern Baptists’ top scholars. He was kind enough to write an endorsement a few years back for my book Lukan Authorship of Hebrews.   …Continue Reading


1 John 3:11-18 — Notes on Sunday’s Sermon

John speaks of four different levels of relationships in which you can choose to live: murder (vv.11–12), hatred (vv. 13–15), indifference (vv. 16–17), and Christian love in action (v. 18). I. Love and Hate are Mutually Exclusive in Your Christian Life – (vv. 11–15). Children of God are to behave like children of God. It   …Continue Reading


Is the Atonement Limited in the Synoptics and John? Review of Harmon’s Chapter in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her – Part 12

Matthew Harmon authors the chapter on definite atonement in the Synoptic Gospels and Johannine literature. Harmon intends to argue three things: 1) Jesus died to display God’s glory; 2) Jesus died to accomplish the salvation of His people; 3) Jesus died for the sins of the world (where “world” does not mean “all without exception”   …Continue Reading


Outlining & Preaching 1 John 2:15-17, Part 2

“Outlining & Preaching 1 John 2:15-17 – Part 2”[1] Part 1 examined the structural outline of the passage, carefully looking at the sentence and clausal structure. Now we examine the semantic (meaning) relationships between the clauses and sentences themselves in order to understand the overall structure of the passage. From this, we will be able   …Continue Reading


How to Outline and Preach 1 John 2:15-17 – Part 1

Expository preaching, especially of the letters of the New Testament, should, at a minimum, deal with a paragraph. Why? Linguists now point out that meaning is found beyond the sentence level. When the preacher restricts his focus to the sentence level and to clauses and phrases in verses, there is much that is missed in   …Continue Reading