The Necessity of Expository Preaching

I was thinking recently about the importance of preaching.  I recently finished an article written by John MacArthur on the relationship between inerrancy and expository preaching.  The article was filled with strong encouragement to preach expository sermons exclusively.  I appreciated the article because it reminded me (in our age of quick fixes and topical sermons) that the Bible is God’s inerrant Word.  It is His truth.  It is what He wants people to hear, know, and to live accordingly.

I immediately have different preachers enter my mind while pondering this mess of topical preaching that is ever present in churches.  It seems that some have resorted to topical preaching in an effort to make the Bible “relevant.”  Whether we realize it or not, this is an issue that must be addressed.  If the Bible is God’s authoritative Word, what are we doing “patch-working” it together in a “ten-step program?”  MacArthur’s article brought me back to reality.  It is apparent that our topical preaching and our “Christianity-lite” has not helped the church to become healthy and strong (Eph. 4:11-16).

I thank God that He has revealed His Word and preserved it, so that we may grow in our knowledge of Him.  May God find us faithful in proclaiming His Word as it is written.


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