From a practical standpoint, the issue of Christ-centered preaching is not about whether it is appropriate or acceptable to relate the content or principles found in OT texts to the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is fundamentally a question of whether every sermon needs to have Christ as the point of the message—regardless of the actual point of the text itself—in order to be true Christian preaching. This article seeks to demonstrate a number of biblically legitimate ways to preach the OT in a NT church context—thereby disproving the tenet that every message must have Christ as its point.Read the full article.
Bryan Murphy Associate Professor of Old Testament B.A., Temple Baptist College M. Div., The Master’s Seminary Th. M., The Master’s Seminary Th. D., The Master's Seminary After completing a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Temple Baptist College, Dr. Murphy came to TMS. During his M.Div. studies, he served as a pastoral intern under Dr. Stuart Scott at Grace Community Church. He is currently serving as the Pastor/Teacher of Roosevelt Community Church in Lancaster California, a ministry position that he has fulfilled since May 2000. While in ministry there, he completed two additional post graduate degrees from The Master's Seminary including a Doctor of Theology in Old Testament studies under Dr. William Barrick. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at The Master's College in the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program, and at The Master's Seminary in the OT department. He has taught both overseas and here in the United States as a preacher, guest lecturer, and conference speaker. Dr. Murphy joined the seminary faculty full time in July of 2011.