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The Bible's storyline is grand in its sweep, beautiful in its form, and unified in its message. However, many of us still struggle both to understand and to best communicate how the Old and New Testaments fit together, especially in relation to the person and work of Jesus Christ.

In The Scriptures Testify about Me eight prominent evangelical pastors and scholars demonstrate what it looks like to preach Christ from the Old Testament in this collection of expositions of various Old Testament texts:
  • Al Mohler - Studying the Scriptures and Finding Jesus (John 5:31-47)
  • Tim Keller - Getting Out (Exodus 14)
  • Alistair Begg - From a Foreigner to King Jesus (Ruth)
  • James MacDonald - When You Don't Know What to Do (Psalm 25)
  • Conrad Mbewe - The Righteous Branch (Jeremiah 23:1-8)
  • Matt Chandler - Youth (Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8)
  • Mike Bullmore - God's Great Heart of Love toward His Own (Zephaniah)
  • D. A. Carson - Getting Excited about Melchizedek (Psalm 110)
From the experience of the Israelites during the exodus, to the cryptic words about Melchizedek in the Psalms, here are eight helpful examples of successful approaches to preaching the gospel from the Old Testament by some of the most skilled expositors of our day.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 187
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1433538083
ISBN-13: 9781433538087
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Series: The Gospel Coalition

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Eight prominent evangelical pastors and scholars team up to demonstrate what it looks like to faithfully preach Christ from a variety of Old Testament texts.

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D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is president of The Gospel Coalition, and has written or edited nearly 60 books including Scandalous, Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor, and The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.

Alistair Begg served two churches in his native Scotland before answering the call in 1983 to become senior pastor at Parkside Church in suburban Cleveland, OH. A graduate of the London School of Theology, he has written several books and is heard daily on the national radio program Truth For Life.

MIKE BULLMORE, Senior Pastor, Crossway Community Church, Bristol, Wisconsin

Matt Chandler is the lead pastor of The Village Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas metroplex of over 10,000 people. His sermons are among the topselling (free) podcasts on itunes and he speaks at conferences worldwide. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over ten years where he spoke to hundreds of thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. He lives in Texas with his wife, Lauren, and their three children: Audrey, Reid and Norah. 

TIMOTHY KELLER is founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He is the best-selling author of The Prodigal God and The Reason for God

James MacDonald (DMin, Phoenix Seminary) has committed his life to the unapologetic proclamation of God's Word. He is the founding senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, one of the fastest growing churches in the Chicago area, reaching over 13,000 lives each weekend. Through James's leadership and by God's grace, a church-planting ministry was formed in 2002, Harvest Bible Fellowship, which has planted more than 85 churches across North America and around the world. James also teaches on Walk in the Word, a daily radio broadcast committed to "igniting passion in the people of God through the proclamation of truth." James is the author of several books including Lord Change My Attitude, When Life is Hard, Always True, Vertical Church and most recently, Authentic. James and his wife, Kathy, have three adult children and make their home in suburban Chicago. You can find out more about James and his ministries at WalkintheWord.com.

CONRAD MBEWE, Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia; author, Foundations for the Flock

R. Albert Mohler Jr. (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of Southern Seminary and as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology. Considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler hosts a daily radio program for the Salem Radio Network and also writes a popular daily commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues. Both can be accessed at www.albertmohler.com.

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    A Study On Jesus In 8 Old Testament Books
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    D. A. Carson in his new book, "The Scriptures Testify About Me" published by Crossway explores Jesus and the Gospel in the Old Testament.

    From the Back Cover: The Bible's storyline is grand in its sweep, beautiful in its form, and unified in its message. However, many of us still struggle both to understand and to best communicate how the Old and New Testaments fit together, especially in relation to the person and work of Jesus Christ.

    Eight prominent evangelical pastors and scholars demonstrate what it looks like to preach Christ from the Old Testament in this collection of expositions of various Old Testament texts: Albert Mohler -- Studying the Scriptures and Finding Jesus (John 5:31-47) Tim Keller -- Getting Out (Exodus 14) Alistair Begg -- From a Foreigner to King Jesus (Ruth) James MacDonald -- When You Don't Know What to Do (Psalm 25) Conrad Mbewe -- The Righteous Branch (Jeremiah 23:1-8) Matt Chandler -- Youth (Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8) Mike Bullmore -- God's Great Heart of Love toward His Own (Zephaniah) D. A. Carson -- Getting Excited about Melchizedek (Psalm 110)

    From the experience of the Israelites during the exodus, to the cryptic words about Melchizedek in the Psalms, here are 8 helpful examples of successful approaches to preaching the gospel from the Old Testament by some of the most skilled expositors of our day.

    There are individuals that believe that Jesus appears for the first time as He is presented in the Gospels and Acts then straight on through Revelation. D. A. Carson has provided us a Bible study that shows us that Jesus is there from the very beginning and in this book works through eight different books. For me this is an exciting study as I was always thrilled when my pastor taught on Jesus represented in "Types and Shadows" in the Old Testament. Now Mr. Carson and seven other authors display Him in eight books of The Bible. "The Scriptures Testify About Me" is not a book that should be rushed through, if you do you will miss all the flavor of these teachings. "The Scriptures Testify About Me" also is not a book that will be read once and then put on the shelf. On the contrary it is a book that will be referred back to over and over again. I liked this book a lot and recommend it highly! I think you will enjoy it as well and give it as gifts to your friends and loved ones. They will enjoy it and always remember you every time they read it.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Crossway. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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    Putting the OT and NT together
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    When Christ makes claims about Himself from the Old Testament, do you sit there and think "huh?" If we are honest with ourselves, many of us have a poor understanding of how the Old Testament and the New Testament fit together - we see them as two entirely separate works that just happen to come bound together. But this isn't true. Instead, what we see from the Scriptures as a whole is that they tell one continuous story.

    Enter the excellent book The Scriptures Testify About Me edited by D. A. Carson. What this book consists of is a series of eight sermons, seven of which draw from Old Testament passages and one of which provides a fitting introduction to the topic at hand. And what is that topic? Simply this: how do we see the various stories, prophecies, and truths of the Old Testament fulfilled in Jesus Christ and then applied to us? This book does a wonderful job of showing several ways to faithfully answer that question. I found some chapters much more helpful in this work than others, but that's par for the course on any book where each chapter is authored by somebody different. So rather than reviewing each and every chapter, I would like to instead point us to three that I found particularly helpful.

    The first is Al Mohler's introductory address, entitled Studying the Scriptures and Finding Jesus. This is a wide-ranging introduction to the topic of understanding how the New Testament (and Jesus in particular) quotes from and utilizes the Old Testament. Any reader of the Gospels will be challenged often by Jesus' use of Old Testament quotations because Jesus doesn't simply quote wise proverbs to apply to life, but oftentimes brings up what (to our minds) are obscure quotations and then applies them directly to Himself! Mohler does an admirable job of helping us to understand where all of this is coming from and why it matters - or, as he says it: "We must preach Christ from all the Scriptures and find Christ in the gospel of the Old Testament as well as in the New. We need to allow the New Testament to train us how to read the Old. We must put the Bible back into the hands of believers - intact and whole - with Christ and the gospel of our redemption at the center. (p.32)"

    Secondly, Tim Keller provides an excellent example of faithful understanding in his chapter Getting Out. This chapter centers on Exodus 14 and drives us to understand the story thematically - God is rescuing His people who are in bondage. For the Israelites, it's from a harsh regime of slavery, for us, it is from our own sin. He then goes on throughout the sermon to show the parallels between the Exodus and salvation. For example: "The Red Sea story is not just about what the Israelites get out of but also about how they get out. (p.43)" And how is it that they get out? Keller points us to two texts. The first is right there in Exodus: "The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still (14:14)." The second is remarkably parallel to the first: "to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness (Romans 4:5)." That is to say, we see God's sovereign act of grace shown as a foil in this well-known Old Testament story and yet made explicitly clear in the New Testament.

    A third chapter which I found absolutely fascinating, encouraging, and challenging was D. A. Carson's own contribution Getting Excited About Melchizedek. Yes, that random guy in Genesis 14 who basically appears on the scene and then disappears in one of the stranger stories of the Old Testament. What are we to make of those verses? Why do they matter? Carson takes us to Psalm 110 and then to Hebrews 7, where Melchizedek is mentioned once again. The point? Carson argues (and I would agree) that Melchizedek is introduced on the scene as a pattern or a template. That is to say, it's not that Melchizedek is necessarily some sort of pre-incarnate form of Christ (that could be, though it is not the most likely answer) but that instead Melchizedek sets the scene and the tone for expecting Christ Himself. I love how Carson moves forward to show us that the story doesn't end with us making much of Melchizedek, but that instead Melchizedek points us to Jesus - we are to make much of Christ as our High Priest forever!

    To conclude, this is a helpful work which will hopefully cause you (as it did me) to look again to the Scriptures - Old and New Testament - to see the gospel of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. If you are looking for an accessible introduction to understanding not only how the Bible comes together but also to how we see Christ even in the Old Testament, then this would be a great place to start.

    As a final note, for those who would rather listen to these sermons as opposed to reading them, they are available for free download at The Gospel Coalition website.

    (I wish to note that the publisher of this book, Crossway, provided it to me at no cost as a review sample. My review is in no way influenced or controlled by them, nor was it required to be positive, thus I write my review of this book with honesty and integrity.)
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