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Preaching Driven by Felt Needs Above Inerrancy

Much of today’s preaching seems to be driven by felt needs.  In other words, the Bible teacher looks at the culture and they decide what the hearers need to hear now from the Bible based on the perceived needs of the hearers.  This approach is sharply different from the approach I advocate with regards to expository preaching.  Expository preaching regards the supremacy of God to be the focal point of our preaching and approach to the Word of God.  While it is true that people have many needs, those needs are often tainted by sinfulness and self-focus.  What we need is a healthy diet of the Word of God wherein we allow the Holy Spirit to bring strong conviction and sanctification where He needs to (John 16:8-11).  This happens when the Word of God is preached with authority (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  The Word is able to cut us open unlike any other thing on earth (Hebrews 4:12-13).

Too often topical preaching begins with an assumption or a thought from the preacher.  The first idea of the topical sermon is not, “What does this Bible say?” but instead, “What does the Bible say about this topic that I am pondering?”

Expository preaching begins with the focus on the text.  “What is the Bible saying” is the fundamental question at heart.  Furthermore, the conviction that the Bible is the inerrant and infallible Word of God should bring conviction that we must preach all of Scripture since from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible speaks for God.  Why pick and choose on what topics to preach when in fact we should preach from the conviction that all of Scripture speaks for God and all of the Bible is important for us to study and learn from (2 Peter 1:16-21).  If we hold to inerrancy (John 10:35) then how can we not preach each word in the Bible?  It is our conviction that it is all from God and should be learned and studied and applied by all.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/12/2013 at 12:23 PM

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