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CMIN 301 T16 - Preaching the Gospels and Acts

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Transcript of CMIN 301 T16 - Preaching the Gospels and Acts

Pay careful attention to direct discourse.
- Do
not
include a detailed
psychological analysis
of Jesus
2 purposes of the Gospel writers:
Preaching the Gospels
What are the Gospels?
But
different
from modern biographies
- Variation in order of events
2. Saying something important through

connecting
individual stories of Jesus
Stories
Stories of Jesus drawn from the personal experience of his followers, especially his apostles
Gospels are ancient biographies rather than modern biographies
-
Not
obsessed with strict
chronological

sequencing
- Variation in wording
Christ-centered or
Christological biography
1. To tell individual stories of Jesus
Here we turn the two purposes of the Gospel writers into two interpretive questions:
2. What is the Gospel writer trying to say to his readers
by the way he connects the smaller stories?
What is this episode telling us about the main character?
Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
What is the Gospel writer trying to communicate to his readers by the way he connects these stories together?
Luke 10:25-27

Love should transcend all human barriers.
Luke 10:38-42

Doing good things for God can sometimes cause us to miss God.
Luke 11:1-13

Jesus teaches us how to communicate with God through prayer.
Common theme is relationships. Followers of Jesus need to relate rightly to their neighbors (service), to their Lord (devotion), and to their Father (prayer).
Luke 10:25-37 Luke 10:38-42 Luke 11:1-13
How should we read the Gospels?
Our method of reading the Gospels must match the means God used to inspire them.
1. What is the main message of this particular story?
Episode 1
What is this episode telling us about the main character?
Episode 2
What is this episode telling us about the main character?
Episode 3
Question 1: How do we read
individual stories?
Question 2: How do we read a
series of stories?
Role of key characters
Look for connections
(Adapted from Zondervan Academic Resources for "Grasping God's Word)
http://www.openresources.org/wp-content/themes/tma/images/latest/Acts470.jpg
Introduction
- We read Acts in much the same way that we
read the Gospels
Acts is normative so that the
church
in every age
should imitate the experiences
and practices of the early church.
Normative
Acts is merely descriptive of what was valuable and inspiring in the early church, but
not
necessarily
binding
on us today.
Descriptive
OR
Guidelines for discerning what is normative:
- Theological history
Acts presents unique interpretive challenges
Interpret
Acts as both
normative and descriptive.
Look for what Luke intended to communicate.
Look for positive and negative examples in the characters of the story.
Read individual episodes in light of the overall story.
Look to other parts of Acts for clarification.
Look for repeated patterns and themes.
Sermon Keys (Gospels and Acts)
Root your sermon in the historical cultural context (audience can connect)
Ground the sermon in its literary context
Develop the main characters
Teach Jesus' divine and human qualities
Preserve the narrative heart of the passage
Help audience to experience the story (senses)
Class Exercise
2. What is the Gospel writer trying to say to his
readers by the way he connects the smaller stories?
1. What is the main message of each particular story?
Mark 8:1-9; 8:10-13; 8:14-21;
- Do
not
cover the
whole life
of Jesus
- Often
arrange
events and sayings
topicall
y rather than
chronologically
- Give a lot of attention to the
last week of Jesus’ life
Ask the standard story questions:
E.g., Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?
Look for interpretive clues from the author himself.
Take note of anything that is repeated in the story.
Common themes or patterns
Logical connections (e.g., cause and effect)
How stories are joined to together (transitions, conjunctions)
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