Expository preaching intends to draw out the meaning of the text of scripture. To deposit is to put something in, while to exposit is to take something out. An expository sermon seeks to draw out of a passage what God is saying. This approach claims that highest regard for, and engenders the greatest submission to, the absolute authority of the Bible. That is because it doesn’t start with how we feel, or consult with what we perceive to be our needs, but begins with God — with who He is, what He “believes”, and what He ultimately requires us to think and do. The goal is worship.
We also preach through books of the Bible, from beginning to end, because that’s how God has preserved His truth for us, and because doing so prevents us from picking and choosing passages that may be our favorite, easy, or popular. By doing so, we are trusting that we will be instructed in what God wants us to learn in the order in which He’s laid it out, and also in the proportions in which His doctrines are presented.
This is why preaching should be the high point and priority of every weekend for us. It’s because God Himself is addressing us! It’s not to hear what a man has to say.
I wouldn’t cross the street to hear myself speak.
— Charles Spurgeon; famous 19th-century pastor whose 6000-seat church in London was filled to capacity each week, with people standing at the windows due to a lack of seating (more info)
Other men may preach the gospel better than I, but no man can preach a better gospel.
— George Whitfield; famous 18th-century pastor
1. If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home Now, v.1-3
2. I’m a Charity Case, v.4-11
I Cor 1:26-27 — For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong…
3. Income Outcome, v.12-15
4. Inheriting I AM, v.16-19