We are on a track for last Sunday night and this Sunday night, to talk about expositional preaching. Again this is part of the celebration of our 40 years together as a pastor and people. And last week I told you where this all sort of came from. I was asked to teach a seminary...actually a class associated with the seminary, to pastors on the theme of expository preaching and I was asked if I would put together some reasons to do Bible exposition. It was suggested that maybe I could put together ten reasons why we must exposit the Scripture. And I started my list, and as I told you last week, I ended up with 61 reasons why to preach expositionally and over a period of time sort of condensed that down to a more manageable number of about 15 of them that are the core reasons. And in order to give it a little more impact, I kind of turned it on its head and address the issue of expository preaching from the negative side, the consequence of non-expositional preaching.
Now for those of you who weren't with us last time, just a simple definition. To exposit means to explain. It is not the same as the verb exposed, that's a completely different verb. Exposition comes from exposit which simply means to explain. It should be obvious to all of us that any kind of preaching that is faithful to the Word of God is that kind of preaching which explains the Bible, that is what expositional preaching is. There are many ways to do it. There are many styles of doing it. There are different features that you can develop and emphasize in the process, but the objective of expositional preaching is to take a portion of Scripture and explain its meaning so that people understand it. We are concerned with people understanding the interpretation and then understanding the implication of that interpretation which is a universal implication, and then that the Holy Spirit may make a personal application.
It is essential, if one is to be faithful, to the mandate of Scripture that we preach the Word. I think we have made this not only clear in defending what we do, but perhaps even more clear in the doing of it. Through these 40 years together, we have endeavored every time we meet to explain to you the meaning of the Scripture....