Jonathan Pennington on Applying and Teaching the Gospels

We’re studying the Book of Matthew at CrossView Church LA for the next couple of months Lord-willing. Jonathan Pennington’s book Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction has been helpful and stimulating. Here’s his summary of studying, applying, and teaching the gospels that I’m thinking through as I prepare to preach Matthew 1.18-25 this Sunday.

Taken from Reading the Gospels Wisely, pp. 214-215.

  1. Read Actively
    1. Isolate the literary unit
    2. Read the story multiple times
    3. Identify the setting and the characters
    4. Observe the story
    5. Isolate the different scenes
    6. Analyze the narrative
      • Identify the rising tension
      • Identify the climax
      • Identify the resolution
      • Identify the following action/interpretation

G.  Think about contexts

      • Acts, cycles, and literary structures
      • The whole gospel context including intertexuality, the fourfold gospel book, and Jesus’ death and resurrection
      • The kingdom-focused, redemptive-historical context of the whole canon

H.  Summarize the preicope

2.   Articulate the revelation and identification

    1. The revelation of God in Christ
    2. Identification of the character traits to be emulated or avoided

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I love Jesus Christ and live to share life and share Jesus together with First Southern Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County.
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