Expository preaching is when someone uncovers the meaning of a text, set within it’s context of near passages and book. It is best done going verse-by-verse through books of the Bible.
Why is expository preaching the best form of preaching? Let me give just five reasons.
- Expository preaching lets God speak rather than man. In other words, you can’t control what you are going to preach next. It is God’s providence that guides the subject week-in-week-out.
- Expository preaching forces the preacher to proclaim the whole counsel of God. When you go verse-by-verse and book-by-book, it demonstrates you are being obedient to preaching the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). There is not a single verse that would not help our faith (II Tim 3:16-17), so we should strive to know it all and preachers should strive to preach it all.
- Expository preaching promotes biblical literacy in the church. Expositional preaching is a more serious form of study; it requires careful thinking, meditation, breaking down the part and putting them back together. And when someone sees the text explained in such a way, it creates deeper thinkers and better Bible-readers. It teaches the congregation how to study the Bible for themselves.
- Expository preaching doesn’t allow the preacher to skip difficult sections. Lazy preachers choose their own text and aren’t forced to deal with subjects “double predestination” or “the problem of evil” or O.T. genocide. Exposition forces the preacher to “stay in the chair” and study harder to show himself approved (II Tim 2:15).
- Expository preaching shows the importance of context. If you ever take a hermeneutics class, you will recall statements like “Context is king” or “If you look at the context” or “A text with no context is a pretext.” Context drives meaning and exposition is the best way of learning how to interpret Scripture based upon context, because you are constantly making connections to passages before and after.
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