I’m going to start a little series to help review the process of good preparation for expository sermons. The church has many models for preaching. This series deals with one method, namely the expositional method of preaching. Since there are many excellent books written on the subject, there is no need to try to convince anyone of the validity of such a method other than the fact of the Bible having a wealth of solutions to our human problems. By expositing these solutions, the spiritual needs of our flock will be met through an encounter with God’s word. This study will also provide equally helpful hints for those who are in the position of teaching or leading Bible studies in the church. Hopefully, all those who communicate in explaining the word of God will find something useful.
What exactly is the working definition of expositional preaching for the purpose of this article? Expositional preaching is to explain and apply what a particular text says. Equally important is to define what expositional preaching is NOT. It is not on equal par with the very word of God itself but is merely an explanation of it. Frequently, in my experience, I have heard both lay people and clergies say that the preacher was uttering the word of God. That assumption is theologically erroneous. Our interpretation and explanation is OUR interpretation. God’s word is GOD’S word. There is always room for improvement and possibly errors. Thus, expositional preaching should also engage the mind of the audience so that the preacher can inspire his or her audience to look to the Bible and not the preacher for the answer. In the same way the imperfect expositor cannot replace the perfect God Himself, the exposition cannot take the place of God’s word. Rather, the expositor and the exposition must lead people towards God’s word.