by Various Authors
– Bring out of Scripture only what is there, not what is not there
– Expositional preaching is to humble the sinner, honor the Savior and promote holiness in the life of the saints
– Contextualization is important to expositional preaching. But expose before you contextualize.
– The Biblical text is the relevant truth needed for the people.
– We can both get the text right and get it across to the people, we do not have to choose one or the other.
– If you want to be a good expositor, first think of what the original writer was meaning and saying when he wrote it.
– Give the Biblical context control.
– Listen to the unique things said in the passage, the melodic line in the passage.
– Repeated words and phrases.
– The more time you spend in the text, the more you will understand how it works.
– The sermon is not just a compilation of the facts that you gathered from the passage.
– How does the passage relate to the Bible as a whole and the redemption of Christ?
– Every text has a road to Christ.
– The historical fact in the Bible cannot be the only thing taken from the text.
– The makeup of your audience, the arrangements of your material and the application of your message.
– We can’t forget about our audience, but we can’t cater to our audience to the point we veer from the truth .
– Do you love the Lord? Then feed His sheep. Learn to love people.
– Pray in advance to our preaching, pray in the midst of our preaching and pray even after our preaching.
– We need clarity in our preaching. The people we engage are not as enthusiastic about the details and passage as the preacher, so make sure the point, takeaway and application is clear.
– State in a single sentence what the author wants and what you are asking, your aim.
– Bring out of Scripture what is there, do not thrust in what you want to be there.
– We are not looking to add to the mind to the listeners, we are aiming for the heart of the listeners.
– Acts 17:30 Paul asked for repentance from his listeners. We should know what we want from the listeners.
– We should be contextually aware but textually driven, not the other way around.