Preaching and Teaching God’s Word

THIS WEEK I HAVE PREPARED THREE LESSONS FOR COMING SUNDAY, PLUS THE LESSON I HAD ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

Isaiah on Wednesday night, Romans on Sunday morning and the Gospel of Luke Sunday night, and in the Adult bible class I have been teaching How we got our Bible.

But I have been studying again this week expository preaching again. On the Kindle Fire I have been reading FEED MY SHEEP: A PASSIONATE PLEAD FOR PREACHING.

There are eleven chapters by eleven preachers on this subject of expository preaching. After reading the first three chapters I sometimes think how can I do a good job of three each week.  But thanks to the help of great men present and past they have helped me.

CONSECUTIVE EXPOSITORY PREACHING

Give God the Microphone

“Preaching that unpacks the Bible’s message and conveys a sense of the reality of God’s presence.”

Researched by Charles e Whisnant

July 14 2012

Is there a way of approaching the task of preaching that ensures a local church receives a balanced diet of the Word?  Is there a manner of proclamation that takes up “the whole counsel of God”, rather than allowing the preaching to be driven by the preacher’s every whim?  The answer is, “YES!”

There are significant advantages to this increasingly popular method of consecutive preaching:

  1. The pastor and congregation are ‘stretched’ to preach on and hear about subjects that would not be normally chosen;
  2. The preacher and hearers are immersed in one book of the Bible for many weeks and months;
  3. It helps to keep passages in context;
  4. It teaches people how to read and study their Bibles;
  5. It provides a balanced diet and prevents pastors from sticking to their ‘hobby horses’;
  6. The pastor does not need to agonize over his choice of text each week;
  7. There does not need to be so much introduction and background given each week;
  8. The overall argument or narrative of the book is better grasped and understood;
  9. It helps people to see the overall plan of Scripture;
  10. It encourages people to prepare ahead by reading and thinking about the passage;
  11. It emphasizes the centrality and authority of Scripture.
  12. Consecutive expository preaching safeguards God’s agenda against being hijacked by ours.[i]
  13. Consecutive expository preaching makes it harder for us to abuse the Bible by reading it out of context.
  14. Consecutive expository preaching dilutes the selectivity of the preacher.
  15. Consecutive expository preaching keeps the content of the sermon fresh and surprising.
  16. Consecutive expository preaching makes for variety in the style of the sermon.
  17. Consecutive expository preaching models good nourishing Bible reading for the ordinary Christian.
  18. Consecutive expository preaching helps us preach the whole Christ from the whole of Scripture.
  19. Its points of application are more compelling because hearers see that the application legitimately emerges from Bible text.
  20. It demonstrates to Christians how to study and interpret the Bible for themselves.
  21. It reflects confidence not in the persuasiveness of the preacher, but in the power of God’s Word to change people (Hebrews 4:12).

As I have written many times, John MacArthur has been my model of expository preaching since I have Pastor-teacher at First Baptist Church in Altoona, Kansas

I TAUGHT THESE BOOKS

MATTHEW, ACTS, ROMANS, I CORINTHIANS, EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS, I  JOHN, JUDE,  REVELATION,

DANIEL, ISAIAH, GENESIS, BIRDS EYE VIEW OF THE OLD TESTAMENT , 1 TIMOTHY AND 1 THESSALONIANS.  AND PROVERBS AND SOME OF THE PSALMS

TODAY I AM WORKING ON THE GOSPEL OF LUKE, TEACHING ROMANS AGAIN, TAUGHT PHILIPPIANS AGAIN AND 1 THESSALONIANS 1-3 AND PROVERBS AGAIN  AND DANIEL AGAIN

at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church.


[i] Christopher Ash in his book The Priority of Preaching list these seven points.

 

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