Expository Teaching Methods

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Published: 30th October 2009
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If you've ever woken up before sunrise and killed time by channel surfing, chances are you came across a station that featured a pastor preaching to an audience in a massive church hall. The pastor is shouting and hollering biblical excerpts which bring the audience to huge ovations numerous times throughout.


Expository teaching is a style of preaching the lessons of the Scripture. Also known as expository preaching, this method of instruction presents clear and comprehensive meaning to biblical text.


Expository sermons are different from topical sermons in that one works from the outside in and the other will work from the inside out. Topical sermons being with a specific topic, be it sacrifice or jealousy, and find certain passages in the bible to support claims about that topic. Expository teachings, on the other hand, will take a specific passage and break it down, finding topics within to discuss.


Pastors will generally use one of two methods to decide which texts will be used for exposition:


• (1) The use of a lectionary. A lectionary is a book that appoints certain scriptures for any given day of the church calendar year. Special occasions and religious holidays will often contain additional scriptures.


• (2) Each individual pastor can choose which passages he or she deems appropriate depending on what is happening in the world.


There are advantages and disadvantages to expository teaching. One advantage is that through this style, the entire bible will ultimately be covered. The preacher will never have trouble finding a topic for a sermon because they will simply be able to break down a new passage each day. One particular disadvantage is that expository preaching may often lead to subjective lessons. If the pastor gets deep into a passage, he may begin to bring his own beliefs into the sermon. Additionally, diversion is common, as preacher's may cross over into other passages in an attempt to help explain the original topic.


The root word in exposition is expose. A pastor's main goal should be to not only expose, but fully explain the meaning of the bible. Expository teaching provides a captivating way to teach an audience the lessons of the bible.








The root word in exposition is expose. A pastor's main goal should be to not only expose, but fully explain the meaning of the bible. expository teaching provides a captivating way to teach an audience the lessons of the bible.

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