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Preaching Christ from Leviticus: Foundations for Expository Sermons

, 2021
ISBN: 9780802876027
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For pastors who take seriously the commitment to incorporate the entire Bible into their preaching, Sidney Greidanus’s books on preaching Christ from the major genres of the Old Testament have been a welcome gift. In his last such volume, Greidanus engages with the Old Testament genre of law and treats a book that is often seen as the most challenging of all: Leviticus.

Preaching Christ from Leviticus reminds pastors and congregations that key christological themes—priesthood, sacrifice, atonement, holiness—first originated in Leviticus before they came to full flower in the New Testament with the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ and his call to holiness. Greidanus provides the basis for fully understanding these and other themes with an exacting analysis of Leviticus and then provides the foundations for ten sermons on Leviticus through topics such as the burnt offering, the ordained priesthood, the day of atonement, the sabbatical year, and the year of jubilee, as well as the commandments to be holy, to love your neighbor, and to love aliens and enemies.

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  • Examines the christological themes in Leviticus
  • Provides the foundations for ten sermons on Leviticus
  • Explores themes including the burnt offering, the ordained priesthood, the day of atonement, and the sabbatical year
  • Issues in Interpreting and Preaching Old Testament Law
  • Leviticus 1: The Burnt Offering
  • Leviticus 8: The Ordination of Priests
  • Leviticus 9: The Lord Accepts the First Offerings
  • Leviticus 10: The Lord’s Judgment on Unholy Offerings
  • Leviticus 11: Be Holy, for the Lord is Holy
  • Leviticus 16: The Day of Atonement
  • Leviticus 19:1–18: You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
  • Leviticus 19:19–37: You Shall Love Aliens and Enemies as Yourself
  • Leviticus 25:1–7, 18–22: The Sabbatical Year
  • Leviticus 25:8–17, 23–55: The Year of Jubilee
  • Appendixes
    • Ten Steps from Text to Sermon
    • An Expository Sermon Model
    • Sermons on Leviticus 9:1–24, 11:41–47, and 25:1–7 by Ryan Faber
    • A Sermon on Leviticus 25:8–19, 23–28, 39–43 by Sidney Greidanus

Top Highlights

“looking for the principles behind the individual laws” (Page 12)

“God’s purpose for his people in Leviticus is in many ways a return to his purpose for humanity in creation” (Page 14)

“Meat was a rare luxury in OT times for all but the very rich (cf. Nathan’s parable, 2 Sam. 12:1–6).” (Page 48)

“God’s grace displayed in redemption requires a subsequent response of obedience to God’s law.” (Page 5)

Preaching from the Old Testament is crucial for the church but often neglected. After all, it is difficult to know how the Old Testament relates to the gospel of Christ, which is the heart of the Christian faith. Many pastors struggle with the Old Testament, and seminaries often do an inadequate job preparing their students in this area. For those who need help, Sidney Greidanus is an excellent teacher.

—Tremper Longman III, Westmont College

Sidney Greidanus is one of the most gifted advocates of ‘redemptive historical’ preaching. . . . In a time when there is much confusion about what it means to preach in fidelity to the Scriptures, we very much need the lessons that he offers us.

—Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary

Pastors today are rediscovering how to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ from the entire Bible, cover to cover. One of the foremost scholars leading us in this exciting adventure is Sidney Greidanus.

—Ray Ortlund, Immanuel Church, Nashville

  • Title: Preaching Christ from Leviticus: Foundations for Expository Sermons
  • Author: Sidney Greidanus
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2021
  • Logos Release Date: 2021
  • Pages: 313
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. Leviticus › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Jesus Christ › Biblical teaching; Sermons; Preaching
  • ISBNs: 9780802876027, 0802876021
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T02:20:32Z

Sidney Greidanus is professor emeritus of preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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