Expository Preaching

Pulpit In expository preaching, a given Bible passage is the topic, and support materials are used to explain, expound and clarify it. As a study and preaching method, expository preaching differs from topical preaching.

When preparing a topical sermon, a preacher starts with a particular topic and then finds Bible passages that addresses that topic. For example, a preacher could choose to preach on the topic of "forgiveness" and cite in his sermon Bible passages such as Matthew 18:21-35, Luke 6:37, and Ephesians 4:32 that all deal with various aspects of his topic.  He will not deal in-depth with any of the Bible passages, he will simply use these Scriptures as supports to the theme of the sermon.

When preparing an expository sermon, the preacher starts with a passage of Scripture and then delivers an in-depth study (considers the grammar, the context, and the historical setting) in order to understand the original intent of the biblical author. In expository preaching, the expositor is far more likely to practice exegesis (one who gets meaning from the Scriptures) than eisogesis (one who reads meaning into the Scriptures). Once the preacher understands the meaning of the passage through exegetical, objective study, he then crafts a sermon to explain and apply it. This is expository preaching.

While exposition is not the only valid mode of preaching, it is the best for teaching the plain sense of the Bible. Expositors usually approach Scripture with these assumptions:

1) The Bible is God’s Word. If every word of God is pure and true, then every word deserves to be examined and understood. (Psalm 12:6, Psalm 19:7-11, Psalm 119:140)
2) Men need divine wisdom in order to understand the Word. (1 Corinthians 2:12-16)
3) The preacher is subject to the text, not the other way around. Scripture is the authority, and its message must be presented honestly, apart from personal bias.
4) The preacher’s job is to clarify the text and call for a corresponding response from his hearers. 

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