The Case for Expository Preaching

When tempted to be distracted from the ministry of the Word, the apostles said it would not be right (Acts 6:2).  Instead, they instructed the Jerusalem church to choose qualified to handle the daily distribution (Acts 6:3).

But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.  (Acts 6:4 ESV, emphasis added)

Along with prayer, the pastor must give himself to a faithful ministry of the Word.  A faithful ministry of the Word is done best when the pastoral devote himself to expository preaching.  But what is expository preaching?  And why is it needed?

In his classic work Between Two Worlds, famed Bible expositor John Stott says that to expound Scripture is “to bring out of the text what is there and expose it to view” (p. 126).  Or as the Paul the Apostle charged the young pastor Timothy, “Preach the Word” (2 Tim. 4:2).

Why expository preaching?  Here are four reasons: 1. It relies on the authority of the Word of God.  2. It allows the preacher to explore the various genres of biblical literature and adapt it to a variety of learning styles.  3. It is a dependable vehicle for communicating to others the person and work of Christ (adapted from The Moody Handbook of Preaching, “Why Expository Preaching” by Michael J. Easley, p. 30).

In the end, expository preaching is needed because the health and the maturity of God’s people depends on it (2 Tim. 4:1-5).

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