The Homiletics of PTB (Preaching Thru the Bible)
This is a preview of the coming attractions of the 48 Sermons that cover the Bible in one year, providing both an ALL SCRIPTURE approach and method and sufficiency on Sound Christian Doctrine. It is based on the outline of the whole Bible in volume 1 of the Learn Christ Commentaries, “Apostles and Prophets”. (How you have the commentary will be given at the conclusion.) Of course, there are a lot of books to cover in preaching and teaching in only one year, in fact 66, the effectivity and efficiency of the SunGrist PTB method is built on the internal structure of the Bible Itself with the OT quotes in the New Testament, so that since the two are covered simultaneously that requires only 39-48 messages. Naturally, the assumption here is a reasonable one, that God the Holy Spirit in writing the whole Bible chose carefully for the NT what needed to be quoted form the OT for both Jews and Gentiles of the one body in Christ.
Like in all good preaching, there is some teaching; and vice versa in Bible teaching there is inevitable there is some preaching, there will be some overlap between the subject matter of each message. After, we are preaching on the Bible and through the Bible. We will hit all those verses of the Master Tables from different perspectives.
You need to be reminded of the 12 Top Topics of the Bible.
Subject Outline of the Bible.
- The Living God of the Living (Genesis 1:1 to Exodus 19)
- Righteousness of God and Man
III. The Composite Witness of the Bible
- God, Man and the Son of Man
- The Resurrection
- Wisdom from God
VII. The Gospel
VIII. Listening More Important Than Sacrifice
- What Happened to the Jews as the Chosen nation?
- The Salvation of God
- The New King of Israel
XII. The Living God Wants Others to Live.
INTRO: Gist of the Bible Section.
I. Preaching and Sound Christian Doctrine.
II. Bible Books of This Sermon. (66/48 = 1.4)
III. Bible Paraphrased.
IV. Ephesians Commentary: The Cause of Christ.
NOTE: Below is both an Example and Preview of the Homiletics of Message 1a of 48 in PTB 1a of 12. (48 sermons)
Title of PTB 1: “The Living God of the Living”
INTRO: God, our Heavenly Father and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only Living God: He is omnipotent as the book of Job tells us; He is One God in 3 Persons, the Trinity, as made clear when He Created Heaven and Earth and when He created Man, male and female; and He is the God of those that live forever, like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all our forefathers in the faith, and us.
I. Preaching and Sound Christian Doctrine:
- Preach Christ and Preach the Word.
“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.” (II Timothy 4:2 NIV)
“Jews demand signs and Greeks search for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.…” (I Corinthians 1:22-24 Berean Study Bible)
- The All Scripture Method and Movement of II Timothy 4:15,15 starts with profitable doctrine.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man (this is generic man starting in Genesis with man as male and female) of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV)
II. Bible: Genesis 1 thru Exodus 19.
III. Paraphrase of this Section of the Bible.
- God, Man, and Marriage , recorded in Genesis 1:26,27, Matthew 19:4, and Mark 10:6, informs us God the Trinity said Let us make man in OUR image, speaking of the One God in 3 Persons at Creation. In our image and after our likeness tells of some of the glory of man that during Creation was acquired from God. The dominion of man over all the other works of Creation tells of the First Commission of man to be a pioneer in the exploration and control of the works of Creation. The Bible refers to man as male and female so that in marriage male and female becomes a complimenting couple of male and female. That is the way God originally created them; and in marriage that is the way He intends for it to keep going according to Jesus, and absolutely no person is to have any part in the separation of those two which God has joined together.
From Gen 2:7 we learn that: (a) God created man physically from something that already existed, from the elements of the earth; (b) As far as the actual existence or inward spirit of man that came from God breathing into him the breath of life; and (c) With that spirit of life also man became a living soul. From Gen 2:24 we learn of the one flesh characteristics of marriage that God still intends and has always intended, that oneness emphasized by Jesus and the Apostles in the New Testament. While Paul in I Cor 15:45 is emphasizing the difference between the first Adam and Christ the second Adam, also the difference between the natural and the spiritual body, the first man from earth and the second from heaven, he also contrasts the living soul and the living spirit. As a man departs from the household of his mother and father, cleaving to a wife in marriage, the two become in Gods sight as one flesh. So serious is this matter of joining with God that the Bible considers when a man has a relationship with a harlot that he becomes one body with her. Genesis 5:1,2 reinforces and builds on previous doctrine as God calls their name, male and female, Adam.
- God and the Gospel of Christ and the Everlasting Kingdom according to Genesis 12:1-3 and Galatians 3:8.9.
With Gods call to Abram to another land, God gave the everlasting covenant of: (a) From Abram’s seed God would make the great nation of Israel; (b) Through his seed Christ the name of Abram would be great; and (c) Through Abram all the families and nations of the earth would be blessed. Paul writes in Galatians 3:8,9 that When God said, “In thee shall all nations be blessed” God was preaching the Gospel to Abraham; This all nations meant the Gentiles, or heathen which is the favorite word of the Bible for Gentiles;
This Gospel is justification through faith; and All Gentiles and Jews who believe in Christ become the seed of Abraham through faith. In Genesis 15:5 God identifies that the seed of Abram will be as numerous as the stars of the sky, and in Genesis 15:6 since Abraham believed God will He said this the belief was counted for righteousness. In quoting “So shall your seed be” from Genesis in Romans 4:18, Paul emphasizes how Abraham believed in hope against hope that he would indeed be the father of many nations although he had at the time no sons. The Apostle James in James 2:23 reiterates how the faith of Abraham was counted as righteousness, adding that Abraham was called the friend of God.
In Genesis 17:5 and Romans 4:17 As God changes the name of Abram to Abraham, He says “A father of many nations have I made thee”. Paul tells us in Romans 4:17 that this quote from Genesis 17:5 tells us two things about God Himself: God is a life-giving God; and God is a God that can call into existence what did not previously exist.
- God of the Living, our Father in Heaven.
With Genesis 18:12-14 as quoted and explained in Mark 10:27, God told Abraham and Sarah that though old and stricken in years they would have a son, and when Sarah laughed God said, Is any thing too hard for the LORD? Jesus in Mark 10:27, not in the same context but with a paraphrase of the same meaning, talks of salvation as all things are possible with God . Genesis 22:18 and Galatians 3:16 teach us that All nations will be blessed with salvation through the seed of Abraham with that Seed being singular for Christ Himself. the Seed is Christ. Recorded in the Word of God of Genesis 38:8 and Mark 12:19, Judah told Oman to raise up children to his brother Er whom God had slain. When the Sadducees brought up the matter of raising children by a died brothers wife and as to whose wife she would be in the resurrection, Jesus told them that what was important was that God was the God of the living, the God of the living Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
IV. The Cause of Christ in Ephesians: Genesis 22:18 and Galatians 3:16 teach us that All nations will be blessed with salvation through the seed of Abraham with that Seed being singular for Christ Himself, the “all nations” being stated in the Jews and the Gentiles of Ephesians.
The Jews and the Gentiles covered the whole world then, and it covers the whole world now. Somewhat amazing is the Abraham is never mentioned in Abraham, of course salvation is, nor is the Christ as the Seed being blessed which is the subject of other sermons based on Hebrews and Romans. The word “salvation” is found only twice in Ephesians but is summarized in the major doctrine of One Baptism.
- The Purpose of God, alias the Mystery of His will, is “your salvation”, Ephesians 1:9-14
“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:9-14)
- When you take the helmet of salvation for your head, you are taking the mental awareness of the whole matter of the One Baptism in Christ. This is a major doctrine that is seldom preached and taught in those words. Ephesians 6:13-18.
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…”
- It may at first be surprising that baptism is mentioned only once in the book of Ephesians, that in the 7 major major doctrines of the Bible on which there can be no compromise in the seeking of peace and unity.
“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6)
You will recall that Ephesians is a summary of the first 10 books of the Apostle Paul including the book of Romans where Paul labors that the one baptism is the one salvation, also Peter in the baptism that cleanses the conscience.
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