How To Teach Good News

I am still reading Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower. The second section of the book talks about how to teach the good news.  Here are some quotes:

Don't: Look for a moral lesson about a human character.
Instead: Look for the worth and work of the main character, God.

The only way to avoid either the softie God or the monster God is with the God of the cross.

The full good news regarding any of God's rules is that believers are (1) eternally forgiven for breaking that command and counted righteous in Jesus, no matter how badly they mess up; (2) made eager to follow that command in gratitude and hope as children of the Father; and (3) made able to follow it by relying on the Holy Spirit's transforming power.

The difference between the Old and New Testaments isn't the attributes of God they reveal, but the point we're at in the great story.

7 Methods for getting to Jesus from an Old Testament passage: (1) what God does; (2) who God is; (3) Jesus solves the problem; (4) prophecies about Jesus; (5) types of Jesus; (6) possible appearances of Jesus in the Old Testament; and (7) passages in the New Testament that explain Old Testament stories in Jesus terms.

When teaching from the New Testament, (1) Look at the work of Jesus and (2) Look at the person of Jesus.

But along with his instruction, he also shows us how to obey--through faith, depending on him, always deeply aware of how much he loved us first. That is how believers pursue God's commands.

Ephesians begins with a rundown of the many blessings we have in Christ. This is the basis for love and submission.

The first point of studying the person of Jesus must always be to wonder at him, not to copy him.

The longest list: Jesus is better than anything else because . . .

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