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CMIN 301 (Sp '15) T21 - Preaching OT Narrative
Transcript of CMIN 301 (Sp '15) T21 - Preaching OT Narrative
Israelites refuse to enter the promised land in Numbers 14
(individual stories) to the
of the entire book and the whole OT
(Adapted from Zondervan Academic Resources for "Grasping God's Word)
Look for connections with surrounding stories
Literary features of narratives
(What? How?) The sequence of events that ties together the story
(Who?) Characters carry the action and move the plot forward
Viewpoint of Narrator
(Why?) The narrator is the one responsible for conveying meaning to the readers through the story
Major literary technique used in OT narrative to develop the plot and move the story forward
When the narrator’s intended meaning is quite different from the surface meaning of an episode
Literary context – the big story
Do “Good Guys” always wear white hats?
Many theological principles derive from the main characters
Solomon Samson Gideon
God is a
in OT narrative.
Let God be God!
How to interpret OT narratives
Make careful observations. Search for connections.
Grasp the text in their town
Measure the width
of the river
Be sure to remember the changes in covenants (we are no longer under the law of Moses)
Cross the principlizing bridge
Identify similarities between the situation of the biblical audience and us.
Does your theological principle satisfy the following criteria:
- It should be
in the biblical text
- It should be
with the teaching of
the rest of Scripture
Consult the biblical map
How does our principle fit with the rest of the Bible?
Analyze the literary and historical contexts.
Identify the overall story line for the book. Try to fit your narrative into the larger story.
Write out a statement of what the text meant to the biblical audience.
Do not ignore the OT meaning and simply zoom off into the NT.
Does the NT
the theological principle?
The meaning in this step should be
applicable to any NT believer
Grasp the text in our town
Be as specific as possible.
Remember that there can be numerous individual applications of the theological principles.
Not every character is a hero and most characters exhibit both good and bad trait
Essential that we be able to discern good guys from bad guys
Bible deals with real life and real people. People are complex!
- It should be both
to both the biblical audience
and the contemporary
- It should
- It should be
and not tied to a
3 Sermon Keys
Connect the audience into the historical setting
- God acted in human history
- Make OT events real in
the lives of the audience
Stories communicate differently than essays do
OT stories have a theological purpose
- OT stories connect with us at the emotional
and intellectual level
- Pull your audience into the story by presenting
practical lessons (drawn from the narrative)
- The story plot will drive the main structure
of your sermon
- The goal is to impact lives with the
reality of God and his will for us
Narrative is a literary form with sequential action.
Narrative shows us how (not) to live by the
actions of the characters
Nearly half of the OT
Reading OT narratives is a lot like reading the Gospels
Search for the details
Exposition or setting
Conflict or crisis
Backdrop of the story
Study “your” story in the