Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Peter R. Mason
Expositional, preaching, principles, and Christ-focus
Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Olivier, Sony, "The Transformative Preaching and Teaching of the Old Testament Through its Expositional Approach" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4960.
The aura of the Old Testament preaching and teaching today has been absorbed by the enthusiasm of its fulfillment in the New. Thus, the interest in exploiting the Old Testament principles as fulfilled in Christ through its expositional preaching and teaching needs to be revised. As revealed in the book of Acts, the commitment to preach the complete Word of God, the Old Testament, is vividly clear as Christ being the center of their preaching and teaching. Therefore, in today’s context, proclaiming the whole counsel of God’s Word calls for every preacher to consider Scripture in its entirety duly, from Genesis to Revelation. The impetus of this action research is grounded in the need for the Old Testament expository preaching through a Christ-focus and how it leads to a transformative experience through the daily application of its principles as seen fulfilled in the life and work of Christ. The church where this action research was conducted had been exposed to Old Testament narratives through preaching but with minimal connection to Christ, except for any messianic prophecies. Thus, this research presents a new pattern of looking at the First Testament through the concept of expositional sermons that flesh out the hidden principles as fulfilled in the life and work of Christ to be applicable in the daily life of the believers. The results were measured with surveys, sermon evaluations, and interviews with the desired objective of acquiring a suitable understanding of Christ-focused sermons drawing from the Old Testament and its effect on the life of the believers.