We read from the Psalms at hospital bedsides, at weddings, and at funerals. We use them devotionally and we even sing some of them. But we rarely preach from them. And the reason, the author suggests, is because we don't really understand them. Here's how you can get into preaching from the Psalms in a way that will make them mean something to the people in your pews.
Many Christians are looking for a national reinstatement of an earthly
Davidic kingdom in the land of Israel New Testament evidence seems to indicate, however, that Abraham and his believing descendants looked
for a heavenly country and city to a new heavens and a new earth.
Is there a dichotomy between the church and Israel in the New Testament? Are there two sets of promises in the Bible one delivered to Israel and the other given to the church? If so, do the promises directed originally to the remnant relate solely to Israel, or can they have meaning for the church as well?
A system of Biblical interpretation begun in the nineteenth century is embraced by many Christians today. What are the key concepts of this relatively recent hermeneutical method, and how do they differ from what the church has generally held?
In reference to this prophetic span of time, Christians have divided themselves into premillennialists, postmillennialists, and even amillennialists. It has been interpreted as a long period of earthly peace, the entire Christian Age, a time when the redeemed will reign
with their Lord in heaven, or the restoration of the Temple and its
sacrifices in Jerusalem. In one way or another, a fully developed
Biblical concept of end-time events must recognize and deal with the
millennium revealed in the Apocalypse.