I like Walter Liefeld’s explanation of why expository preaching is so important:-
- it conveys the biblical revelation of God and his will, protecting the sermon (and its hearers) from the preacher’s subjectivism.
- it teaches God’s word in the setting chosen by the Holy Spirit. It anchors the preacher’s message in its contextual intention.
- it meets human needs. It allows God’s word (rather than merely my own thoughts) to reach hearts.
- it directs the attention of the hearer to the Bible. It teaches people to go to the Bible as their own resource and authority. Expository preaching models this.
- it feeds the congregation in a way that trite or scholastic preaching does not.
- it serves as an important protection against improper interpretation of Scripture, including spiritualization.
Liefeld, New Testament Exposition, 7-10.
Similarly, Peter Adam urges:-
- ‘Expository sermons help us to let God set the agenda for our lives.’
- ‘Expository preaching treats the Bible as God treated it, respecting the particular contexts, history and style of the human authors.’
- Expository preaching ‘gives ample time for us to make clear the context of the Bible passage from which we are preaching.’
Speaking God’s Words, p128.