2 Questions for Keeping Christ the Focus of Your Preaching


The call of every Christian preacher and evangelist is to preach Christ—to let a lost and dying world know the judgment due to us and the hope the Savior offers. But how can one best do that?

In Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns, Colin Smith shares two helpful questions in his essay “Keeping Christ Central in Preaching”:

If Christ is the theme of all the Scriptures, then those who are called to preach and teach the Bible must work hard to make sure that Christ is the focus of their teaching and preaching.

There are two questions that I have found helpful in pursuing this goal:

(1) What does this tell me about the human condition? and

(2) What does this tell me about God and his provision for the human condition in Jesus Christ?

The first question will show the need of the cross; the second will show the relevance of the cross. The first will humble me before God; the second will give me hope in God.

I came to these questions by reflecting on the opening sentence of Calvin’s Institutes: “Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists in two parts: the knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves” (1.1.1). If this is true, then in any part of the Scripture we should find these things.

These are two questions worthy of writing on a post-it note for the inside cover of your Bible.

Christ is the focus of the Scriptures; and as we contemplate our own great need for Him and see what God has done through Christ by the Spirit, we will be better able to communicate Him and His life-changing message to a postmodern world.

Related: A Simple Guide for Seeing How the Old Testament Points to Jesus Christ

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Kevin Halloran

Servant of the Word. Husband. Blogs weekly at Anchored in Christ. Content Strategist/Trainer in Latin America with Leadership Resources International.