Expository Preaching 099 (pt. 3)

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Defining Expository Preaching

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.

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  1. The God of Pulpit
    The Passover given to Israel was upgraded and given to all mankind becoming the communion of Christ with His church. His body becoming the unleavened bread and his blood which covers all those who will simply receive his gift which is the new covenant (covering). Exodus 12, Mark 14
    God’s covering is designed to prepare his people for action. The action defined and lived out in daily life is God’s love flowing from lives that listen and look for ways to participate in the divine nature (love). It’s a walk of faith for imperfect people whose hearts are changed and have desire to live their new life from the inside out. Romans: 12 1-2 they having received His covering now submit their lives to the author of life and love. In other words they seek to care about the things that matter most. This is their spiritual worship to care the way Jesus cares and to follow His example and daily leading. They want to care thus having all the dullness of superficial life removed to enjoy true fellowship, love, hope, and great joy. The food and drink provided in the new upgraded covenant is available daily to any who would desire to come and partake.
    So why this blog is is called the “God of Pulpit”? Because preaching like any ministry should be the result of ministers living life from the inside out. It’s the word of god mixed with the life of the preacher.
    If we think sermons will change the world without all of this we deceive ourselves. Pulpits should be a place to let real inner life surface in humility, love, and JOY. Its part of the threads of life God is weaving into our lives and an opportunity to get what is on the inside out to people who need to eat to grow strong and healthy. When people hear and see the message (the preacher) they should line up.
    God of pulpit is a name I gave ego eccentrics who truly think their mission is life is to share their golden tongue. They think that somehow having their hearts set upon the Christ doesn’t matter as much as using their gift of monologue. God of pulpit is another form of worldly lust that seeks to exalt itself over its maker. The fallen golden tongues are all around us but thankfully many have seen the error of their ways and have chosen to take back the joy of their salvation and love people. Many preach again but what a difference in the message!
    So preachers before you approach that pulpit remember to care about what the people need to see in your life more than in your words. Follow love under the covering of the Savior and give the people real meat.

    1. 1. I am not a big fan of guys who comment without even a first name.
      2. What in the word does your comment have to do with the post. Better yet, what in the world does your comment even mean. I didn’t delete it b/c I wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt, but I just don’t get it. Except for having the words “God” and “pulpit” in it, I am not sure if it is related to expository preaching at all.

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