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Expository Preaching Reveals Our Authority

Expository preaching reveals our authority and our authority is the Word of God.  The reason that we can speak for God is not because our opinions are now sanctified through prayer or because we have regenerated minds and hearts but the reason that we can speak for God is only because of the Word of God.  Opinions  do not matter.  Stories do not matter.  Video illustrations do not matter.  It is the Word of God and the Word of God alone that gives the believer their authority.

And expository preaching reveals that we truly believe that the Bible is the inerrant and infallible authority of God.  Topical preaching focuses on the opinions of men (though they may appeal to the Bible nonetheless) but expository preaching takes time to focus on the Word of God and explain it.  The duty of the Bible teacher s simple: explain the Bible.  Make it clear for the people of God.  Exalt Christ and point His people to love Him and adore Him in the Word of God.

In 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 we read in the New American Standard:

9 but just as it is written,

“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.

And then in 1 Corinthians 2:16 Paul the Apostle makes this striking statement that exalts the Word of God as the final authority when he writes through the Spirit:

For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Notice that Paul says, “But we have the mind of Christ.”  How?  By the Word of God.  The mind of Christ is faithfully revealed in the Word of God.  Not in dreams.  Not in opinions.

May the Lord raise up expositors who fear God, adore Him, and faithfully preach His inerrant and infallible Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

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