“Do not Refuse the One Who is Speaking” (Heb 12:25): Hebrews and Contemporary Preaching
How can we grasp the perennial relevance of both the Old and New Testaments in today’s world? Scholars and theologians have answered this question in a variety of ways. Pastors wrestle with this issue week after week as they prepare to preach the word of God. In this lecture, Gary Cockerill will show that the author of Hebrews, who was both theologian and pastor, offers a solution in the “sermon” that we call the Letter to the Hebrews. The Scripture is of continuing immediate relevance because it is fulfilled in and by the eternal, incarnate, exalted Son of God who now, continually sits at God’s right hand as Son and Great High Priest over the household of God. More than a Christological axiom, or a homiletical principle, this reality equips the contemporary preacher to confidently proclaim the word of God.
Dr. Gareth Lee Cockerill has taught at Wesley Biblical Seminary since 1984 as professor of New Testament, and he has recently been appointed Academic Dean. He is an ordained minister of the Wesleyan Church who served with his wife Rosa for nine years as a missionary in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where they were engaged in evangelism, teaching, administration, and medical ministries. Professor Cockerill has just completed a new volume on Hebrews in the New International Commentary on the New Testament (Eerdmans, April, 2012). He has also written numerous other chapters and articles on the book of Hebrews and the New Testament more generally.