Today I am reading through Peter Adam’s book Speaking God’s Words, and I came across a section on why we need to preach expository messages. I would like to share with you what Adam’s says.
Reasons For Preaching Expository Messages:
(1) Expository sermons help us to let God set the agenda for our lives.
The danger of topical preaching is that it implies that we know what is important! Expository preaching lets God set the agenda in an obvious and public way.
(2) Expository preaching treats the Bible as God treated it, respecting the particular contexts, history and style of the human authors.
God chose to have the Bible written in books, each by a human author, and not as a collection of useful but disconnected sayings. We should follow God by preaching the way He wrote.
(3) This kind of preaching gives ample time for us to make clear the context of the Bible passage from which we are preaching.
If the Bible passage follows on from last week, the congregation will understand the context clearly. If I change the context each week, and include three or four Bible passages in my sermon, it will be very hard for the congregation to hear any text in context. This is not a model we should encourage. Expository preaching helps us to take each text in context, as God causes it be written.
Quoted from Peter Adam, Speaking God’s Words, 128.