The Gospel and Preaching
The Bible is given to a fallen world to reveal God and his gracious plan to rescue the undeserving. In this advanced network we will begin by considering various approaches to preaching, including what we will call the Big Idea and the Big Story approaches to preaching the Word of God. Every text was written in the context of a fallen world and written to people in this fallen world – so every text must in some way be redemptive, shining the light of God’s goodness into our darkness. What does it mean for us to preach the good news from every passage in the Bible – to preach redemptively?
Approaches to Redemptive Exposition
Some biblical texts present a succinct and direct gospel message, but many are not so obvious. In this session we will consider various approaches to interpreting biblical texts in order to highlight the redemptive message that is present.
Redemptive Exposition Exercise
In this session we will work in groups to apply the lessons learned about redemptive exposition to specific biblical passages. Together we will experience both the challenges and the richness of seeking to see the divine intention in various biblical texts.
Interview with John Lennox (Combined with Foundational Track)
hosted by Peter Mead
John Lennox is a renowned professor, Bible teacher and apologist. This combined session with both Bible Teachers Networks will offer a unique opportunity to hear and learn from John Lennox as he talks about the Bible, ministry and life.
Preaching Christ: Lessons from the Reformation
500 years ago the Protestant Reformation began as Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg. What was recovered in the following years was not just a biblical doctrine of salvation, but also a healthier approach to preaching the Bible to the people. In this session we will explore some of the lessons we can learn from how the Reformers learned to preach Christ half a millennia ago.
What Would Non-Redemptive Preaching Sound Like?
To help us reinforce what we have learned in respect to a redemptive approach to preaching we need to consider the alternative. It is very easy to preach so that our listeners are not responding to the Gospel of God’s goodness revealed ultimately in Christ, but rather so that they are looking to themselves for needed change. In this session we will evaluate moralistic approaches to preaching that can drain the Gospel life out of our ministry.
The Word of God Is Always Fresh
Peter Mead and Valdir Steuernagel
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is a great time to return to the wonder of God speaking to us through the Scriptures. On one side many churches are no longer known for their intense use of and submission to the Scriptures. On the other we have the academic approach that has tended to imprison the Word and make it a captive of our systems and understanding. In this discussion Valdir and Peter will consider how to recover the freshness and actuality of the Word for a new generation.
Where Do We Go From Here? (Combined with Foundational Track)
Peter Mead and Huw Williams
This session will be combined with the Foundational Track of the Bible Teacher and Preacher’s Network. We will enjoy a brief sermon together and then reflect on the week we have shared. What has been helpful? Where do we go from here? How can we move forward in our own preaching ministry, but also how can we help others in our own local contexts? Together we will develop strategies to spread enthusiasm for biblical, clear, engaging, and relevant preaching of the Bible across Europe.