I’ve been thinking lately about why I preach the way I do. Every so often, everyone who preaches is called upon to defend what and how they preach.
I’m fully committed to an expository/expositional style of preaching. I preach through books of the Bible verse-by-verse and passage-by-passage. Simply defined, preaching of this type is when the main point of the text is the main point of the sermon. Preaching this way best fulfills the Great Commission the Lord Jesus gave His church in Matthew 28:18-20 –
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
There are a number of reasons for this. In expository/expositional preaching, the Word of God is preached and taught in its original context and not in a piece-meal fashion. The congregation knows and understands what the Bible teaches more readily than when other styles are used (in other words, biblical literacy rises). Good Bible study techniques are modeled on a consistent basis. The congregation is protected from the preacher’s favorite texts or “hobby horses” and instead the whole counsel of God is proclaimed. In expository/expositional preaching, the Bible is put in its proper place among God’s people – the authoritative and sufficient Word of God.
Topical and textual preaching are appropriate at times, but the regular diet of a congregation should be expository/expositional preaching.
It’s helpful for us to think through what we do and why do it, and then write it out. In this case, it was encouraging and solidified my commitment to expository preaching.