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Some Considerations Regarding the Importance of Using the Old Testament in Sermons and Teaching

Otniel Murza ()
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Otniel Murza: Timotheus Brethren Theological Institute of Bucharest, Romania

RAIS Conference Proceedings 2021 from Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies

Abstract: In the light of preaching the Christian doctrines for the Church, the focus is usually on using New Testament texts as the main foundation. This may come out because of the way preachers and teachers were formed in the theological seminaries or just because they copy each other when it comes about transmitting the doctrine to the next generation. That makes the teaching and preaching of the Old Testament a secondary issue. For these people and their local church members seems that by focusing on the New Testament texts the Christians feel more appropriate to the right doctrines because they study the sayings and writings of Jesus and his apostles. But such actions have their outcomes. Therefore, this paper will focus on discovering if there is any importance at all in using Old Testament texts for transmitting doctrine and not just some life examples or faith heroes’ stories and if these are important for the spiritual formation of every Christian and especially for the newly converted ones. The process will start with an analysis of the use and meaning of the Old Testament scriptures for Jesus, his disciples, and the apostle Paul. Then it will continue observing what some other Christian theologians have to say about that, concluding in if it is worthy or not to focus on Old Testament scriptures for doctrine and life changing teachings.

Keywords: Old Testament; teaching; preaching; OT scriptures; OT importance; OT doctrine; Christian formation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 8 pages
Date: 2021-10
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Published in Proceedings of the 24th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, October 17-18, 2021, pages 143-151

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