Biblical Preaching: Empowered by thte Spirit – Supported by the Scriptures
July 11, 2004
INTRODUCTION: The sermon of Peter on the day of Pentecost is the first instance of Christian preaching. The sermon resolved itself into three distinct parts: the introduction, the development, and the application. Each of these parts carries a pronoun for its title. The introduction explains "this," the development proclaims "Him," and the application concerns "you."
The content of biblical preaching can be summed up in two words: kerygma derived from the verb kerusso, which means to proclaim or to announce a proclamation. Didactic refers to the doctrinal content within the preaching.
Five Elements of New Testament Preaching:
1. It presented Jesus as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy
2. It described Him as God in human flesh
3. It focused on His life and work, especially His death and resurrection
4. It spoke of His second coming
5. Finally, it declared that salvation was only through faith in Him, and that those who rejected Him as Lord and Savior would be eternally damned.
Note also that New Testament preaching was very persuasive. At Thessalonica, Paul said, "Some of them were persuaded...this Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ." (Acts 17:3-4)
Paul at Corinth, "And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks." (Acts 18:4)
Paul at Ephesus, "And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God." (Acts 19:8)
I. PETER'S PROCLAMATION PRESENTED. 14
A. SUPPORTED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD. 14
"raised his voice" – declared; also appears in Acts 2:4, "began to speak...as the Spirit gave them utterance." Indicated divine inspiration
Same word was used when Paul made his defense for the gospel before King Agrippa and Festus in Acts 26:25
Obviously a Spirit-filled Peter w ...
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