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Inerrancy Demands Expository Preaching

If you believe the Bible to be the Word of God (as I strongly do) then it logically follows that you should be practicing expository preaching/teaching.  Why?  Because every word matters.  If every word that proceeds from the mouth of God feeds us (Matthew 4:4) and if words matter, we should be faithful to preach every word from the Word of God.  This requires faithful study of the Word of God and a heart to want to make known the Word of God to the people of God so that they know the Word of God.

In Galatians 3:16 Paul shows us that words matter.  In this case, one word matters.  Galatians 3:16 reads (NASB):

Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.

Paul takes the word “seed” and makes the case that this is referring to the Lord Jesus.  This one word changes the text.  If the Scriptures said “seeds” then Paul’s argument for the text referring to the Lord Jesus is gone but if the word is “seed” then it is the Lord Jesus that the Holy Spirit is revealing.  This one word is vital.  Words do matter.

So if this is the case with Galatians 3:16, it is the case for the entire Bible.  If we truly believe that Genesis is the inerrant and infallible Word of God then we should preach it just as we would preach the Gospel of John.  We need to preach and teach that all of the Word of God is given to us by the Spirit of God and all the words of Scripture are vital and important.  We should not take liberty to ignore the texts or skip whole sections of God’s Word simply because we desire to be “relevant.”  Relevancy for the teacher in the Church is to take the people of God back to the Word of God.  We hunger to make known all of the Word of God to the people of God.  We are not interested in giving funny stories, video illustrations, our own vain opinions, pop culture, or what the world thinks but we are hungry to communicate the inerrant Word of God.  We long to make known the Word of God to the people of God.

Expository preaching does this.  Every word matters.  Every sentence is examined and the depths of the Word of God are explored.  The passion of the expositor is to make God glorious in His Word (as it already does).  The expositor teaches the text.  He does not merely quote the Bible or give a proof text but he digs into the Word of God.  He explores the setting, the context, the original languages, the theology behind the text or in the text, etc.  Each word is studied.  Each sentence is broken down so that the Word of God (every word) is made known.  If words count (and they do), we should make known the words of God more than all others.  Our words have no bearing.  It is the God’s Word that makes the difference among the saints (Hebrews 4:12-13).  Expository preaching focuses on the Word of God.  Expository preaching is all about the glory of God in the text.

My earnest prayer to God is for a revival of true expository preaching.  We need to hear the Word of God afresh in our day.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/04/2014 at 9:50 PM

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  1. And I must say, that there is nothing more exciting as a preacher and as a student of the word to dig into the etymology of a word and its meaning to the text and the rest of the Bible.

    As usual, thanks for your thoughtful post it to this blog.

    Mike Bayer

    03/04/2014 at 10:32 PM

  2. Amen, Brother.
    Paul wrote, “Preach the Word.” You are so right. One main advantage of verse-by-verse teaching/preaching is that the listeners can see more than a small glimpse of the picture. It’s the difference between examining randomly selected pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and seeing the picture on the box.

    Wesley G. Vaughn

    03/05/2014 at 8:05 PM


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