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Sermon Preparation - Guidelines for the Best Method of Preaching

Expository Preaching
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“Ministers’ sermons soften or harden hearers’ souls; they never leave you (in degrees of good or evil) as they find you.”
Daniel Burgess (1645-1713) Directions for Daily Holy Living

Expository Preaching

All good books on homiletics will tell you that in every sermon, regardless of whether it is doctrinal, hortatory, topical and expository, or practical and narrative, expository preaching is the foundation of every true biblical sermon. That means, if you are not expositing the bible, you are not preaching, or rather, you are not preaching as a herald or messenger on behalf of God.


Expository preaching is the best method of preaching. Peter van Mastricht said the reasons why this kind of preaching is the best method are: 1. “Because of the

preacher, who by its help is able to reduce into a topic anything available to him during his meditation and reading, no matter how disjointed, and likewise commit them to memory.” 2. “Because of the hearers, who can more easily follow what is said and being said, commit it to memory, remember it, and even repeat it themselves, or with their families, upon which generally all the effectiveness of the sermon depends.” 3. “Because of the things being said, which all, whatever kind they are, or among whomever they occur, can be recalled according to their topics without any trouble.”

What is Expository Preaching?

The Magisterial Reformation was set on going back to the sources (ad fontes) to find the intent of the mind of the Spirit in what the inspired text meant. This is the heart of expository preaching. To expound Scripture is not to work through a word study, or simply give the correct grammatical sense of a verse or passage. Rather, it is to set down and apply the doctrines which God meant for the words to convey. Expository preaching is considered in the following:

1. The sermon is a result of going back to the original sources of the bible, and dealing critically with the intended statements in their original language as God determined. It conveys what the Scriptures meant at the time of their writing.
2. The sermon is not sharing a thought, but is extracted from Scripture through careful exegesis (drawing out the meaning of the passage that God intended), demonstrating the truth contained in the passage being studied.
3. The sermon applies the Scriptural meaning for today.


“And they read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading,” (Neh. 8:8).

“Therefore I testify to you this day, that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God,” (Acts 20:26–27).



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