7 Reasons to Weave Eschatology into the Fabric of Your Preaching

When you hear the word “eschatology” do you think about number codes, multi-headed dragons, and colored horses?

I hope not. More than plotting out the events of the end of the world.

Eschatology is about history’s trajectory toward the end of the world as a result of Christ’s already/not yet destruction of the old age (accomplished at the cross) and inauguration of the new (accomplished at his resurrection).

And if history is aimed at the end right now (and it is), that affects how we live right now. It follows, then, that if our eschatology affects how we live right now, then it is a topic that pastors must address regularly.

Not convinced?

Michael Bird, of Euangelion fame, lays out seven reasons that Richard Hays offers for why understanding eschatology helps the church. I list them below and urge you to read Bird’s post for his explanation of each reason.

1. The church needs apocalyptic eschatology to carry Israel’s story forward.

2. The church needs apocalyptic eschatology for interpreting the cross as a saving event for the world.

3. The church needs apocalyptic eschatology for the gospel’s political critique of pagan culture.

4. The church needs apocalyptic eschatology to resist ecclesial complacency and triumphalism.

5. The church needs apocalyptic eschatology in order to affirm the body.

6. The church needs apocalyptic eschatology to ground its mission.

7. The church needs apocalyptic eschatology to speak with integrity about suffering and death