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Jesus Christ and Him Crucified: The Christocentric Preaching Instinct of Timothy Keller
by Hill, Samuel Peyton, Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2018, 251; 10811440
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation sought to trace and discover Tim Keller's methodology for preaching Christ from all of Scripture, specifically the OT. As a practitioner, Keller gives a basic method for preaching the entire Bible as Christian Scripture. Thirty-six of Keller's sermons from the OT were analyzed using a tool developed from his own six ways to preach Christ. As a sixth way to proclaim the gospel from each OT text, Keller offers the idea of a Christ-centered instinct. Therefore, the dissertation focused on answering two research questions, with the first research question serving as the primary emphasis: (1) How does Tim Keller proclaim Christ in his sermons from the OT? (2) Does Tim Keller's methodology provide insight into what he means by instinct?

Chapter one contains the introduction, including the statement of the research problem, research questions, delimitations of the study, definition of key terms, and state of the research of Christ-centered preaching generally and Keller's preaching specifically.

Chapter two focuses on the research methodology for the sermon analysis. The chapter begins by observing the object of analysis, Tim Keller. The chapter includes brief biographical information and a literature review of pertinent works. The chapter explains the method of analysis, and it concludes by discussing the questions in the sermon analysis tool. Each question derives from one of Keller's six ways to proclaim Christ.

Chapter three consists of an overview of Keller's Christ-centered preaching methodology. His methodology includes an understanding of the purpose of the whole canon in biblical interpretation, as well as a commitment to preach the gospel to the heart in every sermon. Keller's six ways of preaching Christ are examined in an attempt to grasp his intended methodology before analyzing his preaching.

Chapter four includes the majority of the sermon analysis. The analysis tool was employed to ask six questions of thirty-six OT sermons by Keller. The sermons fit within the categories of the HB: Law, Prophets, and Writings. The answers to the six questions helped to determine patterns and themes in Keller's preaching methodology. Certain patterns allowed for a better understanding of what Keller means by preaching Christ from an instinct.

Chapter five presents a summary of the findings from the analysis of the thirty-six sermons, including further observations about Keller's idea of instinct. The chapter concludes by offering five implications for Christ-centered preaching and four suggestions for further study.

The dissertation contains four appendices. The first appendix includes the metric for analysis based on the six questions. The second appendix gives a summary of the ways Keller proclaims Christ from each category of the OT. The third appendix reviews the methods Keller uses to preach Christ in each sermon. The fourth appendix lists the thirty-six sermons analyzed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Akin, Daniel L.
Commitee: Eswine, Zack, Merida, Tony, Quarles, Charles L.
School: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Department: Department of Graduate Studies
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Theology
Keywords: Christ-centered, Christocentric, Hermeneutic, Instinct, Keller, Timothy, Preaching
Publication Number: 10811440
ISBN: 978-0-355-88358-9
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