A Condensed Case for Expositional Preaching:

13 Sep

I am deeply burdened by the tremendous need in our day for a solid practice of sound exegetical preaching that covers the whole counsel of God. As I think about the current condition of “Christianity” in the field to which my family is going to serve, I am reminded that sound exposition of Scripture is the only remedy of their spiritual confusion and blindness. I came across the following statements from John Macarthur’s book Fools Gold, and they struck a cord with my heart, and I hope that they will with you as well. Whether you are a Christian layman, or a teacher in the church, these thoughts present a case of the need for each of us to be committed to the sound expositional teaching of God’s word, and the need for us to be joined to a local assembly where the focal point of corporate worship is the sound exposition of the word of God. On page 36, Macarthur writes: “It is my unshakable conviction that the proclamation of God’s Word should be the heart and focus of the church’s ministry (2 Tim 4:2). And proper biblical preaching should be systematic, expositional, theological, and God-centered. Such preaching is in short supply these days. There are plenty of gifted communicators in the evangelical movement, but today’s sermons tend to be short, shallow, topical homilies that massage people’s egos and focus on fairly insipid subjects like human relationships, “successful” living, emotional issues, and other practical but worldly-and not definitively biblical-themes.”[1]

On pages 36-41, he goes on to list the following 15 reasons why this shallow preaching is damaging the contemporary church.
• It usurps the authority of God over the soul.
• It removes the lordship of Christ over His church.
• It hinders the work of the Holy Spirit.
• It demonstrates appalling pride and a lack of submission.
• It severs the preacher personally from the regular sanctifying grace of Scripture.
• It clouds the true depth and transcendence of our message and therefore cripples both corporate and personal worship.
• It prevents the preacher from fully developing the mind of Christ.
• It depreciates by example the spiritual duty and priority of personal Bible study.
• It prevents the preacher from being the voice of God on every issue of his time.
• It breeds a congregation that is as weak and indifferent to the glory of God as their pastor is.
• It robs people of their only true source of help.
• It encourages people to become indifferent to the word of God and divine authority.
• It lies to people about what they really need.
• It strips the pulpit of power.
• It puts the responsibility on the preacher to change people with his cleverness.

I plan to post the content of these points and further develop then in the future.

[1] John Macarthur, Fools Gold: Discerning Truth in an Age of Error, (36-41).


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