On Expository Preaching

  1. What is the point of preaching? To build the church by helping us to understand God’s Word through the lens of the Gospel.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. A great expository sermon will:
    • Move you to agreement with God
    • Move you to action
  5. Expository preaching is hard work, since the preacher has the impossible job of taking scripture and making it more like scripture.
  6. 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.

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