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Sample text, from Chapter 14 “The Gentleness of His Preaching”

This gentleness of compassion, giving direction to his interest in men, attached to all Jesus’ deeds. His advent into the world had been in response to the world’s need for a Savior, and he never forgot his prime purpose. His chief duty was to deliver the evangel of his own sacrificial death until his cross should be prepared, but such a ministry correlated so many forces that Jesus could not neglect to enunciate the principles that govern social, civic and theologic duties. The pulsating life around him stirred him to compassion and service. His compassionate interest in the poor oppressed classes was in great contrast to the course of his contemporaries. The kingdom of God should become love, joy, righteousness and peace because of the personal sovereignty of the Messiah, whose life of earthly service and whose institution of the kingdom were characteristically gentle and lovable.

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Chapter 1 The Preparation for Jesus’ Preaching – Contributing to Jesus’ mission and ministry were silent years in Nazareth, where political, social and literary influence came from education and home-life, where Mary’s refined poetic grace and largeness of faith had influence upon Jesus as he gained consciousness of the divine will. Click here to open and read complete chapter -10 pages
Chapter 2 The Effect of His Audience on His Preaching – Regardless of their social position, financial ability, or even personal purity, Jesus accepted invitations into homes of all classes. General audiences could be apathetic and enemies antagonistic, yet Jesus managed to secure the attention of all with his message. Click here to open and read complete chapter -9 pages
Chapter 3 The Point of Contact in His Preaching – His intelligible words often fell upon dull ears requiring that Jesus adapt to people’s mental and spiritual processes of wonder, marvel, joy, sorrow, jealousy, anger, etc. A requirement that people submit their will to his leadership was not coerced; obedience was test of discipleship; he observed their attitude of surrender. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 8 pages
Chapter 4 The Themes of His Preaching – The kingdom of God, the Son of man, eternal life, sin and righteousness, Jesus’ death and resurrection, and God-the-Father were major themes of his, while fasting, the Sabbath, almsgiving, mutual forgiveness, humility, evangelization of the world–indeed, all limits of human conduct–were secondary and reflective of his own experience. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 7 pages
Chapter 5 The Discourse Material of His Preaching – Jesus never established biography writers. The gospel authors were content to give faithful reflection of his ministry. A Harmony of the Gospels is presented. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 7 pages
Chapter 6 The Rhetorical Form of His Preaching – Jesus brought the message close to the audience by asking 237 questions which aroused anger and caused confusion among critics, while he drew nearer to himself all humble seekers for eternal life. Not once did he become unbalanced by their answers. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 8 pages
Chapter 7 The Old Testament in His Preaching – Jesus confidently undertook the task of describing meaning to the Father’s revealed Word; he undertook this reform of his day’s idea of truth by means of a fresh, original vision into Scripture. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 8 pages
Chapter 8 The Parables in His Preaching – People were oppressed by social customs, sordid in their ambitions, and ignorant of religion. And though sinners were under the divine wrath, they touched this Preacher’s heart; Jesus suggested our relation to God with parables and, as well, told the relationships people have with one another. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 8 pages
Chapter 9 The Miracles Related to His Preaching – Miracles were not primarily intended to create audiences for preaching; they were the outflowing of divine goodness and compassion. Jesus lived to benefit others and was in all ways ready to offer help to those of a crying, personal need. Five discourses were connected to miracle-working. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 8 pages
Chapter 10 The Polemics of His Preaching – Jewish leaders laid nationalistic claim of unquestioned right to God’s kingdom; they did not tolerate a “Good Samaritan” parable Jesus told regarding the true destiny. His new-life-for-the-spirit message was demanding worship from them as a change from idolatry they held towards Scripture. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 12 pages
Chapter 11 The Personal Delivery Element of His Preaching – Jesus’ dress, possible facial appearance, expressions of grief and other emotion, body posture and movement are discussed. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 6 pages
Chapter 12 The Psychology of Jesus in His Preaching – Jesus of Nazareth was the unity of man and God, and these natures formed modes for earthly activity. He had reverence for God and acted in sinlessness. Jesus’ observant, non-critical, positive and constructive mind spoke of a balance in his nature. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 13 pages
Chapter 13 The Personal Religion of Jesus in His Preaching – His religious expression was his work to bring people the knowledge of God. While but partially-orthodox in observance, Jesus was the foremost religious worker, creating–often through miracles and the encounter with God–a new community. Jesus taught prayer to the disciples and others. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 7 pages
Chapter 14 The Gentleness of His Preaching – Jesus had a sympathetic heart. He was both the loving physician and the Lord of nature. Jesus had a chivalry, and could have been called The Knight of the Lowly, Knight of the Sinner, Knight of Womanhood. He had grace and showed gentleness in speech. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 6 pages
Chapter 15 The Simplicity of His Preaching - Jesus addressed people largely in terms of their power of thought: the home, the farm, the store. He spoke spiritually of light, salt, treasures, birds, roads, wolves, etc. Inherent in all was his declaring submission to the will of God as condition for their understanding his message. Blessing would follow for those obedient to his commands. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 5 pages
Chapter 16 The Originality of His Preaching – There had not been a Messiah; one to be, though, was prophesied. Common people grew all the more sure it was Jesus, but generally the religious leaders doubted and undertook to destroy him. Amidst tension with entrenched hierarchy, Jesus developed the themes of forgiveness and love for one’s neighbor, and all others. Original insight into Scripture further established his claim of divine mission. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 5 pages
Chapter 17 The Authority of His Preaching – Jesus’ personality, originality, and spirituality were anointed with an authority that confidently dealt with skeptics, seekers, and the faithful followers: men and women alike. Jesus’ voice rang with royal splendor in his divine Sonship; yet Jesus was totally approachable; mothers wanted their children to be personally blessed by him. His message resonated, too, because of completeness that was his as the Son of man. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 7 pages
Chapter 18 The Power of His Preaching – Jesus was “magnetic;” sizing up opportunities, he exhibited requisite power in voice, courage and directness. He knew not to lose sight of his being the Savior. Power was in miracles back then–the thoughtful messages he presented have held the attention of scholars since then. “There was no condition of sin and suffering that he could not touch, no anguish that he could not relieve, no despair that he could not turn to hope, and no callous heart that he could not soften.” Click here to open and read complete chapter- 7 pages
Chapter 19 The Universals of His Preaching – As The Preacher to the World, Jesus intended his teaching for all. “Repent!”–that message went in all directions. Jesus’ message concerned sin and salvation’s release from it. Jesus gave his offer of rest, and this touched non-Gentiles as well who on occasion petitioned him for healing. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 4 pages
Chapter 20 The Individualism of His Preaching – Jesus was a great conversationalist, matchless in ease and grace. Twenty-eight persons were addressed by him on twenty-four occasions. Jesus individualized his gospel, thinking that the single believer was worthy of reaching. This made each person feel that fulness of life was intended for himself. Each one must individually enter into fellowship with God; he knew the individual’s “dramatic moment” when the soul could be reached. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 6 pages
Chapter 21 The Dramatic Element of His Preaching – Humor and irony were used. Jesus turned an occasion of embarrassment into one which profited his cause. He worked along with the emotions of others so as to maximize his own teaching. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 6 pages
Chapter 22 The Variety of His Preaching – Jesus was not monotonous, the spontaneity and freedom of each occasion also passed into his sermons. His created specialties were delivery of the parable and miracle-working. He understood the variety of Old Testament Scripture and applied it fresh and new for his multi-appearance public. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 4 pages
Chapter 23 The Progress of Method in His Preaching – Jesus desired to fix the time and physical setting of his sacrifice. He had aroused the country and the Holy City was the storm-center of opposition; he kept away except for short occasional visits. Jesus was moving toward his end and felt a shortness of time to give full preparation to the followers. The author describes “waves” or different times, Jesus spoke by discourse, or quotation of Scripture, or the words of parables, besides working miracles. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 6 pages
Chapter 24 The Success of His Preaching – Jesus had his ideal for the ministry; he accomplished his goal of preparing the crowds to eventually receive his first followers–some 600 friends; and he successfully brought the salvation aspect of ministry to culmination by his cross. Click here to open and read complete chapter- 4 pages
Chapter 25 The Norm-Value of His Preaching – His was the perfect standard, approach to whose excellence would give worth to other ministries. For today: only as the preacher becomes the incarnation of his message will he be able to bring his ministry to its full fruition. Editor’s note: this was a favorite chapter of mine, an excellent conclusion to this outstanding book! Click here to open and read complete chapter- 5 pages

The Preparation for Jesus’ Preaching – Contributing to Jesus’ mission and ministry were silent years in Nazareth, where political, social and literary influence came from education and home-life, where Mary’s refined poetic grace and largeness of faith had influence upon Jesus as he gained consciousness of the divine will. 10 pages

 

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