Russell and Duenes

Gordon Fee: The Ultimate Goal of Exegesis

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This thought from Gordon Fee hit me right where I’m at as a Bible teacher, and seemed the most important thing I’ve read in quite some time.

“I regularly tell students: Have the touch of God on your life. Live in fellowship with him; be among those who cry out with the Psalmist, “my soul and flesh long for you”; “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you. My soul thirsts for you; my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” If those who teach and preach God’s Word, which preaching must be based on solid exegesis of the text, do not themselves yearn for God, live constantly in God’s presence, hunger and thirst after God – then how can they possibly bring off the ultimate goal of exegesis, to help fashion God’s people into genuine Spirituality?”

“…A great danger lurks here, you understand, especially for those who have been called of God to serve the church in pastoral and teaching roles. The danger is to become a professional (in the pejorative sense of that word): to analyze texts and to talk about God, but slowly let the fire of passion for God run low, so that one does not spend much time talking with God. I fear for students the day when exegesis becomes easy; or when exegesis is what one primarily does for the sake of others. Because all too often such exegesis is no longer accompanied with a burning heart, so that one no longer lets the texts speak to them. If the biblical text does not grip or possess one’s own soul, it will likely do very little for those who hear.” (Listening to the Spirit in the Text, 6-7)

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Written by Michael Duenes

August 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Posted in Duenes, Theology

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  1. I think too much preaching and teaching is dry because preachers and teachers don’t do what Gordon Fee is recommending.

    Good article. A good reminder for any preacher or teacher.

    Charles Homer

    August 12, 2010 at 11:07 am

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