Friday, February 10, 2006

Don't abandon expository preaching: part 2

We continue our series responding to D. A. Carson’s “6 Reasons Not to Abandon Expository Preaching” from the Summer 1996 issue of Leadership Journal. Quoting Carson, "Our aim as preachers is not to be the most erudite scholar of the age. Our aim is not to titillate and amuse. Our aim is not to build a big church. Our aim is to take the sacred text, explain what it means, tie it to other scriptures so people can see the whole a little better, and apply it to life so it bites and heals, instructs and edifies. What better way to accomplish this end than through expository preaching?"

His next three reasons:
2. It teaches people how to read their Bibles.
3. It gives confidence to the preacher and authorizes the sermon.
4. It meets the need for relevance without letting the clamor for relevance dictate the message.

2 Comments:

Blogger TheBlueRaja said...

I really like how Dever in The Deliberate Church talks about expository preaching as a way of building trust between the preacher and the congregation, so that they know every Sunday isn't another opportunity for you to air your pet peeves or foist your vision on them. In that way it not only gives confidence to the preacher but to the hearer!

10:44 AM  
Blogger Caleb Kolstad said...

Raja,

Good thought.

Paul, I like your current series. It is crazy how many people claim to be expositors but few actually DO IT these days.

Press on,
CK

2:55 PM  

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