26 Jan 3 Practical Reasons for Expository Preaching
Every church must choose an approach to its teaching ministry. Storyline Fellowship is committed to a less-popular methodology known as expository preaching (which you can read more about here.)
There are many reasons why we take this approach, but here are three:
1. Expository preaching is understandable to unbelievers.
Expositional preaching sticks to one significant passage from Scripture. Before launching into the main ideas, the pastor answers important questions, such as:
- Who wrote this?
- When was it written?
- Why was it written?
- Who were the people that received it?
By taking this basic approach, the speaker assumes the audience knows very little, which is true for many people in the room. A spiritual explorer feels included, and instructed. Everybody likes to learn, even if they disagree.
2. Expository preaching models effective Bible study.
While the weekend sermon should inspire and catalyze spiritual growth, the pastor’s message should not be the whole of one’s Bible-intake. To feed the soul, a person must self-feed and develop skills in reading and interpreting Scripture. The most effective way for a pastor to disciple his people is to teach them how to approach a text and to take away key insights. As the old Chinese proverb goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This idea applies here. Expository preaching strives to teach the basic method for casting a line into the Word and walking away with a meal.
3. Expository preaching forces the pastor to deal with the tough texts.
The Bible is not taken from the “Chicken-Soup-For-the-Soul” series. God speaks out on difficult subjects that most preachers would like to avoid. Gender roles, discipline, greed, gossip—it’s all in there. Some of the most impactful sermons ever preached have dealt with subjects that feel uncomfortable for both speaker and hearer. The goal of a true expositor is to avoid the snare called “fear of man” and to embrace the joy of living in reverence for God, and saying all that He has said.
It is our conviction that expository preaching requires courage and intense preparation, but over time, produces fully-devoted followers of Jesus, which IS THE GOAL.