What is Expository Teaching?

Puritan theologian William Perkins wrote that preaching "has four great principles:  to read the text distinctly, from canonical Scripture;  to give it sense and understanding according to the Scripture itself, to collect a few profitable points of doctrine out of its natural sense;  and to apply, if you have the gift, the doctrines to the life and manner of men in a simple and plain speech."
 
Dr. D.A. Carson

 

Quote from Dr. D.A. Carson’s article from Leadership journal (Summer 1996) entitled, "Accept No Substitutes: 6 Reasons Not to Abandon Expository Preaching."

 
 
Expository preaching is the proclamation of holy Scripture delivered for the purpose of enabling others to understand what God has written, why that is important, and how it relates to one’s personal life.
 

·         Understanding what God has written requires the expositor to be accurate in both preparation and delivery of the Scriptures, so that the Bible is allowed to speak for itself.

·         Understanding why God’s Word is important calls for the expositor to be passionate in communicating the truth, so that the one receiving the message is compelled to listen and eager to respond.

·         Understanding how that message relates to life means that the expositor uses terms that are clear, delivers the message in ways that connect with needs, and applies it so specifically the hearer realizes the relevance of God’s Word and the necessity of aligning his/her life to it.

Dr. Charles R. Swindoll
Quote from Dr. Charles R. Swindoll's blog "The Pastor's Blog", dated March 3, 2009.