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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Expository Preaching

Grace Sight #8 is Expository Preaching.

I love expository preaching. Expository preaching is taking the text of the Bible and expounding it verse by verse. An additional explanation is available at the Gotquestions.org website.

John MacArthur is the author of the book Rediscovering Expository Preaching.  On June 5, 2011, John MacArthur completed the expository preaching of the entire New Testament verse by verse.  His final sermon in the book of Mark, which completed his New Testament series can be found at his Grace to You sermon website.  MacArthur demonstrated 42 years of faithfulness to complete the series, which is my entire lifetime.

John Calvin believed in expository preaching.  In this YouTube video, Dr. Steve. Lawson discusses his book The Expository Genius of John Calvin.

I seem to have been drawn to the expository style of preaching though it was not the norm in the church where I was raised and spent the first four decades of my life. Growing up as a child I would spend my days listening to J. Vernon McGee of the Through the Bible radio program preach through the entire Bible.  I then became an attentive listener of every special opportunity to hear Stephen Manley's expository preaching in revival services.  After circumstances led me to change churches last year, I am very grateful I found one where expository preaching is the norm.  

Many great preachers have taken the expository style of preaching.  G. Campbell Morgan, Chuck Smith, and Arthur W. Pink were prominent expository preachers. Wikipedia says, "Other famous expository preachers include John Stott, Dick Lucas and Charles Spurgeon from England, William Still from Scotland, Phillip Jensen and David Cook from Australia, and Stephen F. Olford, and Fred Craddock from America." 

God can use both expository and topical preaching. We need to pray for all preachers of the Gospel, regardless of their style of preaching.    Pray that all preachers generally and your preacher specifically would study to be approved by God and, "avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness" (2 Timothy 2:16, ESV).   May God be glorified through every word uttered from pulpits in the world.  

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