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Do You Like Expository Teaching

What are your thoughts about a place which calls itself a Bible Church? During the sermons, the Pastor goes through the Books of the Bible verse by verse, and can spend over a year in one book. Would you ever consider becoming a member of such a Church?

Moderator - It is called expository teaching/preaching. I currently attend a church like that. You will learn the Bible indepth, however the pace may be considered too slow for some. Only about 5% of all churches teach this way.

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My church is like this.
Usually, our Overseer teaches and we are currently studying in 1 Corinthians. By taking a verse by verse approach and staying in one book at a time it brings spiritual clarity. He also provides us with scripture to back up or clarify what Paul is speaking about in this particular book. It has also helped me to understand God's word better.
Glenn, that is why I agree 100% with your view on MDR. This book explains a lot about the topic and many other important issues. You are one of the few on this site that has a very good grasp and teaching on that particular subject.
Not too sure about other stuff, but on that you are awesome, bro.
---miche3754 on 3/26/10


I must say that we must always remember that the holy spirits function is as jesus describes our teacher,for he will make known to you the things of the father.
---tom2 on 3/26/10


Romans 9:33, 1Peter 2:6-8.
See the off-topic blog of 3/25 for a demonstration of what non verse by verse, non expositional teaching is. Even a detailed teaching would be harmful if the interpretation is wrong. Approximately, exegesis means to interpret a text according to what it means, and to consider its' application. Eisegesis is bad exegesis, and is the reading into a text of something that is not there. Eisegetes usually ignore the use of a verse both in its' original context, and as compared to other similar verses. They often interpret a verse through the filter of their own culture and beliefs. 1Corinthians 4:1-6, 1Timothy 1:3-8, 2Timothy 2:1-(15)-18.
---Glenn on 3/25/10


Glenn,
In response to your insult (as usual) on the woman bishop blog,
I have always answered any questions you have asked and I have never attacked you or anyone else.
You on the other hand have insulted me on numerous occasions calling me a false prophet when I never claimed to be any of that.

I asked you the question about WHERE DID JESUS SAY WOMEN COULD NOT DO THESE THINGS. Paul plainly said he did not permit a woman to do these things. Not once does he say it came from God.
No where does Jesus himself EVER say a woman can't do these things.
So it is NOT me who is misquoting and misrepresenting God's word. That would be YOU.
---miche3754 on 3/25/10


Donna66, I can relate to what you wrote on 3/22/10.

I moved to a major city which has many Churches. But it took me over three years, (which is sad), to find a Church with SOUND BIBLICAL TEACHING.

Teaching the ELEMETARY PRICIPLES OF WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, AND TO WHOM.

Everything found in written scripture is for us to know, but every written in scripture is not written to Christians.
---Rob on 3/25/10




I don't have a problem with expository teaching, I probably spent a year in the book of Romans and am still lacking in understanding. I have learned a method called comparing scripture with scripture.
Most Churches don't have an inkling.
---michael_e on 3/25/10


Glenn-- you are correct about "good" topical teaching. It's fine when done well. But I've heard a lot of "topical" preaching that grabs a scripture verse from here, and there. and all over the place ...and tries to relate them in a way I think is not consistant with the whole of Scripture.
---Donna66 on 3/25/10


Much bad teaching has come from plucking a verse out of place and teaching from the teachers viewpoint alone.
---Donna66 on 3/24/10

Several verses come to mind that are not used in context but are used in a stand-alone form.

One is Rev 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone...". How many sermons have been preached about salvation using this verse while this verse is actually written to believers?

Another is 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance". Again, this verse is written to believers, churches, not unsaved people. Means something totally different.
---Mark_Eaton on 3/25/10


Donna66, Please read the definition of expose and expository in your dictionary. Good topical preaching should explore "certain verses more fully to get more meaning from them". But to be an expositive preaching, it has to explain its meaning. Otherwise it would only be a lection.
---Glenn on 3/24/10


Does expository teaching preclude exploring certain verses more fully to get more meaning from them? I don't think so. What does it hurt if you spend a little more time on certain verses?

Any verse should be viewed in it's total context, including chapter and book.
Much bad teaching has come from plucking a verse out of place and teaching from the teachers viewpoint alone.

If the interpretation doesn't fit the context, something is wrong.
---Donna66 on 3/24/10




john 14-21 sums it up.
---tom2 on 3/24/10

John 14:21 is my all-time favorite verse. This one verse is so deep, it has insights and precepts, practical teaching, and three promises from God in it.

I am not sure how you apply it to Expository teaching.

Jesus says in that verse that we must "have" His commandments. To us, that is saying we must find out what His commandments are by studying the Word of God. Once we find out what His commandments are, we must follow them.

The best way to find His commandments is to study each book of the Bible, in its entirety, in its correct context.
---Mark_Eaton on 3/24/10


john 14-21 sums it up.
---tom2 on 3/24/10


Topical teaching works well in a service, especially when you are trying to address a particular subject. Expository teaching is useful in a home group setting, and is the better of the two teaching styles in a Bible College (in my opinion). Most good Pastors use both in a homily.
Cluny: The Hebrews were taught in an expositive manner during the Exodus.
Ecclesiastes 12:10-11, Colossians 4:3-6, 2Timothy 4:2, Titus 1:9, 13, 2:15, Hebrews 4:12, 2Peter 3:16.
---Glenn on 3/23/10


Expository teaching is an excellent way of instruction.
The most impressive(and effectively) way of teaching that I have ever encountered WAS called, ILLUSTRATIVE SERMONS. This method was used to teach people who could not read and write who had no background in Bible study whatsoever to bring the wonderful stories of the Bible to life. This teaching was used in the most primitive settings yet had the most penetrating, and appreciative attraction for those watching.
---mima on 3/22/10


This is the best method of teaching. I use this and an inductive method together to dig out both the meaining of the actual words, the meaning of the verses, and an application for your daily life.

I do agree with Donna, a break from this style is needed. Especially for the teachers. This style demands a lot of effort for a teacher. I spend 6-10 hours a week on preparation. Parallels and similar passages for each verse take the longest time. Thank heavens for Bible software!
---Mark_Eaton on 3/22/10


I like expository teaching, but not on a regular basis - different strokes for different folks.

Sometimes we need that and sometimes we need a topical study of the word.

Sometimes an allegory study of how the Lord works in a person's life to accomplish His desires like the book of Esther.

I don't like History lessons on Sunday morning services. I believe in applying the Word to my life - so I like to teach by inter-acting with the folks I'm teaching. I also like to ask them questions along the teaching to keep them involved in the teaching.
---Donna5535 on 3/22/10


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YES. I only wish I could find such a church in south Texas.
---Donna66 on 3/22/10


This is my favorite way to preach. I have covered all the short letters of John, Jude 1st Timothy which takes awhile since you can only cover about one chapter in a sermon. Galations 5, Titus and Philemon. I have others sermons ready to go when My pastor is absent and calls on me to preach.

Agape to all.
---Samuel on 3/22/10


Expository (exegesical), devotionally lead, God-centered worship, teaching/preaching, YES!!!

Experiential (eisegesical), emotionally charged, self-centered, hyper-suggestive (hypnotic) teaching/preaching, NO!!!
---Leon on 3/22/10


St. John Chrysostom, whom I quoted in another blog, invented expository preaching in the 4th century.
---Cluny on 3/22/10


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