Is Expositional Preaching the Best Way to Unpack the Word of God?

Tuesday is for Preaching
Why should a pastor preach expositionally?

The content below is not mine. It is from 9Marks ministry. There is wisdom and challenge here for the young church planter to chew on. 

17the Century Pulpit from Edinburgh

A pastor should preach expositionally because God works through God’s word. God speaking is God acting.*

  • God created by his Word (Gen. 1:3Ps. 33:6), and he recreates us by his Word (2 Cor. 4:5-6).
  • God called Abraham to himself by his Word, and he calls believers to himself by his Word (Gen. 12:3; Rom. 8:30).
  • God’s Word causes us to be born again (1 Pet. 1:23).
  • God’s Word sanctifies us (Jn. 17:17).
  • God’s Word is at work in believers to bring us to glorify God in our lives more and more (1 Thess. 2:13).

God’s Word is not only descriptive, it is effective. God’s Word not only sets forth, it brings forth. If life and death are in the power of even our speech (Prov. 18:21), eternal life hinges upon God’s speech.

So what does that mean for the preacher? It means that the only power your ministry will ever have comes from God’s Spirit working through God’s Word. God’s Word and Spirit are what converts sinners. God’s Word and Spirit build up the saints. God’s Word and Spirit are what accomplish God’s purposes in the world (Isa. 55:10-11).

That is why every pastor should preach “expositionally”—that is, preach sermons that take the main point of a passage of Scripture, make it the main point of the sermon, and apply it to life today. Week by week a pastor should start not from what he thinks the congregation needs to hear, but from what God has said to them in his Word. [bold emphasis added]

(*Some of this material has been drawn from Michael Horton, People and Place [Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2008], 39-42)


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