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Preaching the Inconspicuous Books of the OT

5 tips to preach the Minor Prophets without a major meltdown.

Preaching the Inconspicuous Books of the OT

As preachers, we are called and equipped to declare the unchanging Word of God. What an amazing calling! But when it comes to selecting a book of the Bible to preach through, there is a section of Scripture that's getting little airtime. That would be the Minor Prophets. These twelve prophets sit inconspicuously at the end of the Old Testament. We read through them when we read through our Bibles. But when sermon series decision time comes, we often just don't go there. Let's explore how we can preach the Minor Prophets without a major meltdown.

Don't be afraid

I know that you are not afraid because "perfect love casts out fear." But some of the struggle with preaching the Minor Prophets is that people seldom preach the Minor Prophets. Logically, we reason that if wiser and more seasoned pastors avoid them, then we probably should as well. This also stems from the fact that aside from a few choice verses, these books don't contain the "go to" verses ...

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Good Encouragement

September 28, 2015  12:11pm

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I remind my students that these books are the "Minor Prophets" only because they are shorter in length than the books in the "Major Prophets," as they were categorized within the canon of accepted Scripture. The "minors" do carry a "major message," esp as they point to the Christ: expressing God's grace (Jonah), even amid judgment (Nahum 1:19), the calming presence of God (Zephaniah) among those who have faith (Habukkuk); whose way was prepared in the desert (Malachi); born in Bethlehem as the eternal King of David (Micah), who would resume the reign of Zerubbabel (Haggai); who would be the humble servant of God that brings salvation through his suffering and death (Zechariah) but defeat the power of death (Hosea); offering salvation for all people (Amos, Obadiah), with the out-pouring of God's Holy Spirit (Joel)

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