But before I can answer the question, the first thing I must do is define precisely what I mean by expository preaching. The definition found over at Wikipedia is horrendous, so I’ll be sure to make very clear both what expository preaching is and what it isn’t.
A good description of expository preaching is praedicatio continuam; simply put it is preaching that works it way through and entire book of the Old or New Testament in continuous fashion. For instance, I’m currently preaching through the Letter to the Galatians; in doing so, I’ve begun with Galatians 1:1-5, will follow that with 1:6-10, and so on.
The advantages of preaching in this fashion are manifold; first, you don’t have to deal with the pressure of constantly preparing a sermon on yet another new topic every week. The great danger of topical preaching can be seen on two fronts: first, there is the danger that the pastor will, even if unintentionally, turn his favorite subjects in the subjects of his hearers, and in so doing deny them the whole counsel of God; the second is that preaching in such a disconnected fashion means that your hearers will never be able to hear how Paul or Luke’s arguments progress logically through the text.
Expository preaching doesn’t suffer from this defect; it is a ‘serial’, if you will; a series of sermons that simply follows the text of Scripture through its major pericopes. If this is done correctly, it lends itself to the preaching of the Scriptures in their own context, and limits the preacher to the text in front of him.
The greatest benefit of all is that it teaches your people how to read their Bibles. I cannot possibly overstate this fact. Your people will learn, for good or for ill, how to read their Bibles attentively and in context. Words, sentences, paragraphs – all of these things matter, and you become their guide, showing them how all of the pieces fit together.
Brothers, preach expository sermons!
- 14 Steps: Preparation Of Expository Sermon (withalliamgod.wordpress.com)
- Nine Reasons Why I Preach Expositionally (kevmill.wordpress.com)
- What do you think of expository preaching? (johnmeunier.wordpress.com)