Preaching Christ from the Old Testament means that we preach, not synagogue sermons, but sermons that take account of the full drama of redemption, and its realization in Christ.
Edmund Clowney, Preaching Christ in All of Scripture
There is something quite striking in Clowney’s phrase that warns us about preaching a synagogue sermon. It calls us to examine our preaching of the Old Testament and ask ourselves if it would be palatable and acceptable in a Jewish synagogue.
It all depends on whether or not Christ is proclaimed from any and every Old Testament text that we take into the pulpit.
As a part of your ongoing quest to preach “the full drama of redemption,” we will be studying the book of Jeremiah at the 2019 Oklahoma Bible Conference. Jeremiah is the 2020 January Bible Study book for Oklahoma Baptist churches and it will be the subject of our focused study with Dr. Hance Dilbeck (BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer), Dr. Blake Gideon (Edmond, First), and Dr. Heath Thomas (Oklahoma Baptist University).
This year we are also blessed and privileged to have several of our Oklahoma pastors lead us in our study of Jeremiah. Dr. Russell Duck (Elk City, First), Dr. Mark Walters (Nicoma Park, First) and Dr. Tim Russell (Grady Baptist Association) will be leading sessions on assigned portions of an expositional study of Jeremiah.
You don’t want to miss this equipping opportunity, one that will prepare and renew you to declare the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) for the benefit and sanctification of your congregation. The registration cost will be, as in years past, $50 per person, which does not include lodging. I look forward to seeing you on May 6–8 at Falls Creek in the Missions Center.