Preaching the Minor Prophets
3 ways to properly engage contemporary culture with the text.
Editor's Note: In this article Aaron Chalmers has given us a few quick tips to help us preach the Minor Prophets well. For a more thorough treatment of the Minor Prophets, including help exegeting the Minor Prophets, check out his book Interpreting the Prophets (IVP, 2015).
Preaching the Minor Prophets can be both a joy and a challenge. Their words rebuke and confront us. They can also comfort and encourage us. On a fundamental level, preaching from these books is no different from preaching from any other section of Scripture. We need to listen to the prophets in their world, paying attention to the way they used language (their rhetorical style/s), and the historical context they addressed, as well as attempting to hear how they address our world, which is both similar to yet vastly different from the world of ancient Israel. Nevertheless, there are some special considerations we should be aware of as we attempt to develop and deliver faithful sermons from these texts.