Preparation of the Sermon

 

THE FAILURE TO DO EXPOSITION OF PREACHING IS:

Charles e. Whisnant, Student of the Word, Teacher of the Word

From my early years back in Roanoke, Virginia when I was 16 years and was teaching the youth/teenagers/young adults before I had any formal bible education I loved studying the Word of God. I loved teaching a book at a time. That was my Dad’s method, take a book like Galatians, or Revelation, or Psalms and teach verse by verse by H.A. Ironside.

In 1982 after attending the Shepherd’s Conferences at Grace Community Church, where John MacArthur has preached now for 40 years I learn what it meant to be a pastor/preacher and teacher and how to teach the Word of God.

Starting in 1982 I started teaching Matthew and 250 sermons later I finished.

Its only in the last year that I listen to John MacArthur give these reasons why by we should be preaching expositional.  What is neat, I have been doing teach this way for 30 years.  Cool.

NUMBER #1

YOU USURP THE AUTHORITY OF GOD OVER THE MIND AND SOUL IF YOU FALL TO EXPLAIN THE WORD OF GOD

You usurp the authority of God over the mind and soul if you fall to explain the word of God you have replaced the authority of God with whatever else you’re doing. It really is a question of authority.

NUMBER #2

YOU USURP THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST OVER THE CHURCH

We see it all through the NT the authority of Christ over the Church.That God has made the one who is Lord over everything to be the head of the church.

NUMBER #3

IT HINDERS THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Spirit uses the Word to sanctify them, by the truth, The word is truth, the only tool the Spirit has is the scripture and where the Scripture replaced by anything else the work of the Spirit is hindered .

Isn’t it unthinkable for a Christian not to submit to scripture. John says If you love Christ you will obey him as well in I Peter 1 14 as Obedient Christians.

There is this among preachers who do not yield to scripture, it reveals an inferior inadequate love for God and his glory and the honor and glory of God and an inferior understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit

NUMBER #4

DEMONSTRATE PRIDE, AND A LACK OF SUBMISSION

Isn’t it unthinkable for a Christian not to submit to scripture. John says If you love Christ you will obey him as well in I Peter 1 14 as Obedient Christians.

There is this among preachers who do not yield to scripture, it reveals an inferior inadequate love for God and his glory and the honor and glory of God and an inferior understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit

NUMBER # 5. THE CONSEQUENCE OF NON EXPOSITION PREACHING

IT SEVERS THE PREACHER PERSONALLY FROM THE REGULAR SANCTIFICATION OF SCRIPTURE.

What does that mean? If you are not an expositor you are not in the study of the book. And you have just been cut off from the sanctifying power in your life. Then you put yourself in a dangerous spot.

If there is one way to discredit everything, and the integrity of the gospel and the church is the testimony of the pastor. What just kills me is the immoral pastor, the pastor who does not live by the Word.

So what keeps you sanctified to the point that you will not go that way? The only thing that will is what will sanctify anyone and that is the work of the word in your heart.

NUMBER #6

REMOVES SPIRITUAL DEPTH AND TRANSCENDENCE FROM THE PEOPLE CRIPPLING WORSHIP.

That is to say it cripples worship. What do I mean by that, well let’s take it from the positive side when you come on Sunday or you go to Bible study or go to an opportunity to be taught the word of God, you were taken down into other depths that scripture inevitable to places you haven’t been right?

NUMBER #7

  PREVENT THE PREACHER FROM FULLY DEVELOPING THE MIND OF CHRIST CRITICAL TO HIS WORK. From fully speaking for Christ whom he serves.

1 Corinthians 2:14-16 we are remind of a very important spiritual truth and  read it please. Mark it down, an unconverted natural person doesn’t get it, doesn’t understand the things of God.  People are just not favorable with the Scripture.    Lost people just do not get the truths of God.  And that is to be expected as a response.

NUMBER #8

DEPRECIATED BY EXAMPLE The spiritual duty and benefit of studying If the pastor doesn’t do it.

If the pastor doesn’t do it why should others in the church do it.  I never ask a young person to do something that I had not already done.  Even in those early years I would work my fingers off writing in learning the Word of God. If this bible is not valuable to me why should it be to anyone else. I need first to be a preacher of the word, not a preacher of the building. If the Bible is not the consuming passion in the pulpit why should we believe it should be the consuming passion of those who set the pew.

NUMBER #9

PREVENTS THE PREACHER FROM BEING THE VOICE OF GOD ON EVERY ISSUE OF HIS TIME

If you know your bible you can be the voice of God on every issue. Other wise you are just one of many voices.  Know the Word of God.  That is what I did when I was a youth pastor. Get them to know the Word.

NUMBER #10

BREEDS A CONGREGATION AS WEAK AND INDIFFERENT TO THE GLORY OF GOD

If you do not do expositional preaching if you don’t give your people the eternal powerful word of God you breed a congregation that is week and indifferent to the glory of God, honor of God, the honor of Christ.

NUMBER #11

IF YOU DO NOT DO EXPOSITIONAL PREACHING ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE YOU ROB PEOPLE OF THEIR ONLY TRUE SOURCE OF HELP. THEIR ONLY TRUE SOURCE OF HELP.

1 Timothy 3 we covered that in a series on Sunday in the Adult Bible Class.

There is no help apart from the Lord, and there is no help apart from understand the

 

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