Tim Keller defines Expository Preaching

Tim-KellerEvery now and then, I find myself working through a book on preaching.  This time around I’m working through Tim Keller’s Preaching: Communication Faith in an Age of Skepticism.  Keller is one of those pastor-authors that I enjoy reading: experience, clarity, and thoughfulness.

Here’s how Keller defines expository preaching,

Expository preaching grounds the message in the text so that all the sermon’s points are points in the text, and it majors in the text’s major ideas.  It aligns the interpretation of the text with the doctrinal truths of the rest of the Bible (being sensitive to systematic theology).  And it always situates the passage within the Bible’s narrative, showing how Christ is the final fulfillment of the text’s theme (being sensitive to biblical theology).

This is a definition I fully endorse: context, context, context–(1) immediate, (2) wider, and (3) ultimately, Christ–the culmination of all of Scripture.

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