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What is the point of preaching? To build the church by helping us to understand God’s Word through the lens of the Gospel.
Two main categories of Preaching: Topical and Expository
Topical Preaching tries to answer what the God says about a topic across the whole Bible – like a map
Expository preaching digs deep into the text to expose the bones of the meaning in a particular passage – like a blueprint
Can be a blend of the two
A good expository sermon will:
Help you understand exactly what the Author meant to communicate
Has the same emphasis as the passage
Helps you know how to respond, both emotionally and practically.
A great expository sermon will:
Move you to agreement with God
Move you to action
Expository preaching is hard work, since the preacher has the impossible job of taking scripture and making it more like scripture.
How can we (the congregation) help?
Pray for the preacher’s preparation time
Pray for the preacher’s delivery
Encourage him with specific details
Offer criticism gently – lest he think he’s responsible for the hardness of our hearts.
Take the best parts and “talk about them as you walk along the road.”
Obey the word that you have heard.