Well it was a number of years ago when we were going to be having here at Grace Church a special seminar for pastors. We have the Shepherds' Conference every year, of course, and we've done that, I think Clayton told me the other day, we've had 36 of them...Shepherds Conferences. In the early years we had two a year for a while. I don't know if that number is exactly accurate, but we've had many of them.
But also from time to time we have done some special conferences for pastors of a smaller scale. Sometimes pastors from America, sometimes pastors from Russia, sometimes pastors even from Korea and other places. But this was going to be a kind of small conference of about a dozen pastors. And I was asked if I would spend the opening day with them and if I would come up oh, say ten reasons why I preach expositionally. Now when I use the word "exposition" it is based on the verb exposit, that's a different verb than expose. Expose is a different thing. Exposit is to explain. Why do I always when I stand in this pulpit explain the Bible? That is Bible exposition, why do I do that? So they said, "Why don't you come up with ten compelling reasons why you do that.
So I tucked myself away in a little corner, got out my pad and wrote down sixty-one reasons...61 reasons and I stopped only because I realized that 61 was more than they wanted. It was more than I could possibly deliver.
Believe it or not, to that dozen men I managed to give those 61 reasons. In fact, I think that in that day-long session, I actually threw in a couple of extras. The bottom line for that is not to frighten you as if you would be able to endure 61 reasons why I preach the way I preach, but simply to let you know that there is almost no end to the compelling reasons why we teach the Word of God the way we teach it....