Preaching The Gospel Of The Kingdom
The plan before us may start with the First Gospel, the one nearest to the Old Testament. When Gandhi came to England he began reading Genesis, bogged down in Leviticus, and stopped. Many a layman now does much the same, with no guidance.
Starting preferably with the Greek, read the Gospel as a whole, then study it by paragraphs. On points of difficulty consult a standard commentary, as by Plummer or Broadus. Put in a permanent file what each unit shows about Christ and the Kingdom. Read devotionally.
In December, two messages from Isaiah 1–12, with assigned readings beforehand: “The Gospel in the Snow” (1:18); “The Gospel in Handel’s Messiah” (9:6, 7). Ten days before Christmas introduce the Gospel (Matt. 6:33). Deal with it as living now, not as a corpse, with a skeleton outline.
Stress what the layman ought to look for, with the main idea first. The Gospel—about Christ—as Teacher—concerning the Kingdom—through the Cross. In such a survey dare to select and omit. Make the Gospel seem more interesting than any 1962 work. Present a living book! On the Sunday before Christmas, “How Jesus Got His Name” (1:21). He got it from God, to show the meaning of the Gospel. A week later, “How Wise Men Worship” (2:11), in terms of 1962. From now on, every topic points to a sermon on a passage the layman has read at home, with other paragraphs.
“The Bible Meaning of Repentance” (3:2). “The Way to Meet Temptation” (4:1). To be a Christian means to be like Jesus. I. He met temptation: at unexpected times—places—in strange ways. II. He conquered: by appealing to the Bible—in the Bible to God. A believer now can do what Christ could not—appeal to Himself. Better still, preach two sermons here.
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