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Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures (Johnson)

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Challenging modern preachers to expound the Bible like Peter and Paul, Him We Proclaim makes the hermeneutical and historical case for a return to apostolic preaching—preaching that is Christ-centered, redemptive-historical, missiologically communicated, and grounded in grace. But moving beyond theory, this book provides examples of how this method applies to all Old and New Testament genres—history; law; psalm; prophecy; doctrine and exhortation.


Table of Contents:

1. Introduction: Preaching the Bible Like Peter and Paul

Part 1: The Case for Apostolic, Christocentric Preaching

2. Priorities and Polarities in Preaching

3. Paul’s Theology of Preaching

4. The Complication, Chastening, Rejection, and Recovery of Apostolic Preaching in the History of the Church

5. Challenges to Apostolic Preaching

Part 2: The Practice of Apostolic, Christocentric Preaching

6. The Epistle to the Hebrews as an Apostolic Preaching Paradigm

7. Theological Foundations of Apostolic Preaching

8. Preaching Christ, Head of the New Creation and Mediator of the New Covenant

9. Preaching the Promises: Apostolic Preaching of Old Testament literary Genres

10. Preaching the Promise Keeper: Apostolic Preaching of New Testament Literary Genres

Appendix A: From Text to Sermon

Appendix B: Sample Sermons in the Trajectory of Apostolic, Christ-Centered Preaching 



Dennis E. Johnson (ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary; PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and a contributor to numerous books and theological journals.



"This book holds the promise of the recovery of biblical preaching for those who will give themselves to the demanding and glorious task of setting each text within the context of God's redemptive plan. This is a book that belongs on every preacher's bookshelf." — R. Albert Mohler Jr.

"Apostolic hermeneutics? Dare we read the Scripture backward as well as forward? Dennis Johnson’s answer is a marvelously informed, and convincing ‘yes!’ Him We Proclaim is sure to be widely read and discussed both in the academy and by groups of serious-minded preachers of the Word." — R. Kent Hughes

"If only we could learn to preach like Peter and Paul. The wish becomes solid reality in Dennis Johnson's wonderful advocacy of preaching Jesus Christ in the 21st century as the apostles did in the first. Under Johnson's tutelage preaching apostolic, Christ-centered, redemptive-historical, missiological sermons that are grace driven becomes a dream within reach." — Bryan Chapell