What is Expository Preaching?
Expository preaching involves the exposition, or comprehensive explanation, of the Scripture; that is, expository preaching presents the meaning and intent of a biblical text, providing commentary and examples to make the passage clear and understandable. The word exposition is related to the word expose — the expository preacher’s goal is simply to expose the meaning of the Bible, verse by verse. ~ GotAnswers.org
Why should expository preaching be recovered and faithfully practiced?
- It gives glory to God alone. Since expository preaching begins with the text of Scripture, it’s starts with God and is in itestlf an act of worship.
- It makes the preacher study God’s Word. The first heart God’s Word needs to reach is the preacher.
- It helps the congregation. It enables the congregation to learn the Bible.
- It demands treatment of the entire Bible. It prevents the preacher from avoiding difficult passages or from dwelling on only his favorite texts.
- It provides a balanced diet. Exposition affirms the priority and sufficiency of a text. We serve our people best when we make clear that we are committed to teaching the Bible by teaching the Bible.
- It eliminates Saturday night fever. It liberates the preacher from last minute preparation and it doesn’t leave the congregation wondering what the preacher will talk about on Sunday.
Adapted from the new edition of Preaching for God’s Glory by Alistair Begg.
Resources on Expository Preaching
- Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of R. Kent Hughes
- Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Bryan Chapell
- Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages by Haddon Robinson
- Preaching Christ from Ecclesiastes: Foundations for Expository Sermons by Sidney Greidanus
What are your thoughts on expository preaching? Does your pastor preach through books, verse-by-verse? What do you feel are the benefits or negatives of expository preaching?