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Holman Bible Dictionary
The content of preaching in the New Testament centers on Jesus. According to Paul, some see the preaching of a crucified Savior as foolish; but for those who believe it means eternal life (1 Corinthians 1:21 ). Of course, the preaching about Jesus concerns not only His death on a cross but also His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12 ).
In modern times some scholars have attempted to determine the exact content of the preaching of the early church. One of the more prominent attempts analyzed the sermons of the apostles in Acts. According to this reconstruction, the preaching of the early church included the following elements: (1) the prophecies of the coming Messiah have been fulfilled, (2) the prophecies were fulfilled by the Davidic descent, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus, (3) Jesus has been exalted to God's right hand as the Head of the new Israel, (4) the Holy Spirit is the sign of Christ's present power and glory, (5) Christ will return, and (6) a call for repentance. See Gospel .
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Kerygma'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/k/kerygma.html. 1991.