Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


W. Ryan Steenburg


Redemption, Prerequisite of, Promise of, Person of


Christianity | Religion


The example of the early church reveals a commitment to preaching the complete Word of God. Case in point, the Apostle Paul gave the charge to Timothy: “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Tim 4:2). Preachers are called to proclaim the entire counsel of God’s Word (2 Tim 3: 16-17). The motivation for this project was grounded in the perceived need for the church family to have a better understanding of how God’s redemptive work through Jesus Christ began in the Old Testament. More specifically, the problem is that the church in which this research was conducted had only 10% of the Sunday sermons taken from an Old Testament book in the previous two years, and thus limiting the church’s full appreciation for the foundation set in God’s redemptive work. Therefore, the purpose of this research was to counter the previous pattern of limiting the first testament by offering expository Christ-centered Old Testament preaching while utilizing creative visual media and other study aids. The plan involved an equal share of Old Testament sermons that point to Jesus Christ, directly or indirectly; including visual aids cards in the morning bulletins and sermon enhancing visual aids; and a systematic study guide with outlines that complement the preaching and teaching agenda. The results were measured with surveys for the lay leaders and members with the desired goal of obtaining a better understanding of God’s Word pointing to Jesus Christ.

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