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CMIN 302 (Su '18) T08 - Preaching the Gospels

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Hartmut Scherer

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Transcript of CMIN 302 (Su '18) T08 - Preaching the Gospels

Pay careful attention to direct discourse.
- Do
include a detailed
psychological analysis
of Jesus
2 purposes of the Gospel writers:
Preaching the Gospels
What are the Gospels?
from modern biographies
- Variation in order of events
2. Saying something important through

individual stories of Jesus
Stories of Jesus drawn from the personal experience of his followers, especially his apostles
Gospels are ancient biographies rather than modern biographies
obsessed with strict

- 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 10:25-37

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
Sermon Keys (Gospels)
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)
- Do
cover the
whole life
of Jesus
- Often
events and sayings
y rather than
- 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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