There is an conspiracy out there that some have stated as truth. Yes, some say that all translations of the Bible are false and are perverted and of the devil. That is other than the KJV!
Some say you only need to read the KJV for your sermon preparation.
Even if you are a KJV only bible reading person, we need to understand the text ourselves, then give a right explanation or meaning of the text to our people, and apply the doctrine correctly as the writer had given it to the original people.
I have found that you have the responsibility to read the text, understanding the text and explain the text. Don’t read more than the text and don’t teach less then the text is saying and don’t skip the text, teaching as if you believe it.
Of course as a Pastor/Teacher, and Expositor of the Bible, we would hope that we are teaching the truth from the Bible and are rightly interpreting the passage of Scripture.
But with that said, there are many views of the interpretation to which we must allow for those views even if we do not agree with? Why? We are not perfect in our interpretation as much as we would like to be.
Years ago a man in the church said “Why are you not giving a good sermon, your preaching is off, you seem tried and unprepared?” I said “You are totally right!. I said “As a Bi-vocational worker and preacher, working 40 to 50 hours a week and four children I am tired.”
Resources from moving from Exegesis to Exposition
1. Homiletic. 2. Exposition. 3. What the text means. 4. Art.
From 1. Personal preparation. 2. Analyze the Text’s Content. 3. Expose the Text’s Structure. 4. Apprehend the Text’s Intent. 5. Identify the Timeless Truth.
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To arrive at a true interpretation of the text and do a right exegesis i.e. critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture requires careful study. This requires a word study, a doctrinal study, a historical study of the setting of the text. Far too many sermons never get to the real meaning of the meaning of the passages. You simply are perverting the Bible when you do not interpret the meaning of the text.
When doing exposition preaching you don’t choose your sermon of the week. You take what is next in the text. Sometimes I don’t like that method. You come to the text you are not very good at all doing. Romans 12:13 is coming up this Sunday.
Even if you are a KJV only bible reading preacher, we need to understand the text ourselves, then give a right explanation or meaning of the text to our people, and apply the doctrine correctly as the writer had given it to the original people.
And our sermon needs to be theological correct based on passages of scripture in its context. We are not to make the passage say what it does not say. And that happens a lot.