III. Describing Expository Preaching
Expository preaching has become a popular method in recent years. Many preachers claim to be expositors. However, there are many who make this claim that are not doing exposition in the way that it has been defined above. Sometimes it is difficult to immediately distinguish the true expositors from those who simply make the claim. For this reason it is helpful to give a broad description of what an expository sermon looks like.
First, expository preaching is usually done in a “verse-by-verse” fashion. In other words, the expositor preaches through a book of the bible from verse one of chapter one all the way through the entire book. This is not the only form of expository preaching and it does not ensure that a sermon is an expository sermon, but it is a helpful indicator.
Second, expository preaching is text driven. A true expositor will constantly point his listeners back to the text. He will spend more time explaining the passage than he will on stories, illustrations, or application. He will not preach a principle or truth without justifying it from the text of Scripture.
Third, expository preaching is practical. The principles uncovered in an expository sermon should be practical and pertinent to the people of God in today’s world. A sermon filled with facts and data about a passage, but with no practical import on modern day listeners is not an expository sermon.