7 Presuppositions for Faithful Christ-Centered Expository Preaching

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  1. The Apostles judge our hermeneutics we do not judge theirs.
  2. We proceed on the basis of the dual authorship and organic unity of Scripture.
  3. The Scripture possesses a canonical Sensus Plenior.
  4. Ultimately the locus of meaning is found in the text itself not in deducing the mind/intent of the author (historical
    [immediate], epochal [period], and Christ-Centered, Kingdom-focused context [or simply canonical Gospel]).
  5. Scripture does possess a unifying theological and narrative center (The Kingdom of Christ).
  6. Interpretation and application must be mediated through Christ.
  7. All Scripture is eschatological.
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David E. Prince is pastor of preaching and vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky and assistant professor of Christian preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of In the Arena and Church with Jesus as the Hero. He blogs at Prince on Preaching and frequently writes for The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, For the Church, the BGEA and Preaching Today


  1. Rich Barcellos August 29, 2014 at 11:15 am

    “In other words, the entire Bible is moving, growing according to a common purpose and towards a common goal (thus we can say that the whole Bible is “eschatological”).” William J. Dumbrell

  2. Nick Moore August 30, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Rich, is that quote from “The End of the Beginning”?

  3. Rich Barcellos August 30, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Nick, yes! William J. Dumbrell, The End of the Beginning: Revelation 21-22 and the Old Testament (1985; reprint, Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2001), i.

    I read this book in 2002. Though I appreciated it very much, it was not until more recently that I have come to see it as an excellent piece on biblical theology. I think Dr. Beale said somewhere that Dumbrell has influenced his thinking like few others. I highly recommend The End of the Beginning, his The Faith of Israel and The Search for Order. He also has a hard to find theology of the synoptics, The New Covenant, which is helpful. I have not read the entirety of Covenant and Covenant, though I am sure it’s helpful.

    Press on!

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