It explains what the Bible means by what it says. While the term exposition could be used in connection with any verbal informative teaching on any subject, the term is also used in relation to Bible preaching and teaching. Expository preaching is a term and technique that refers to the proclamation the content of the Bible as it appears in the biblical preaching haddon robinson pdf, as opposed to an emphasis on application to the hearers.
There are a number of other techniques for preaching, some of which are covered in this article including textual, topical, topical-expository, and lectionary. According to the proponents of expository preaching the weaknesses of the other forms generally center around their inability to strictly expose the original meaning of the text. There is of course overlap between all types as they share one text. The expository method of preaching is favored among those who believe that the Bible is the very word of God and thus worthy of being presented in its purest essence, rather than modifying the message to match the characteristics of the audience.
A lectionary is a pre-arranged set of passages on which the preacher is to expound. The primary advantage of using a denominationally based lectionary is that the same themes and passages are expounded at the same time throughout that body of churches. Use of a lectionary also has the advantage of covering large sections of the Bible so that the congregation is exposed to them over a reasonable amount of time. One disadvantage of using lectionaries is that the church and preacher are somewhat constrained by the lectionary’s rules. Another disadvantage is that the set passages in the lectionary may not cover an entire book of the Bible, or may contain too much information for the preacher to cover in one sermon.
Also, a lectionary produced by denominations may carry that denomination’s biases in presentation. In short, lectionary design should be expanded so as to allow every text in the canon at least some representation in the reading cycle of the church, while respecting the preacher’s freedom of conscience to decide what texts will actually be read in any given service. When the passages are determined by the preacher or the individual church, the preacher has the freedom to work out which passages are studied at particular times. In such a situation, the preacher will sometimes preach through an entire book of Scripture, which generally allows a far more detailed look at the text being studied. Under some circumstances, preachers may prefer to preach through whole books of the Bible systematically over a long period of time. For example, suppose a preacher decides to cover the book of I John.
1-4, then 1 John 1. 5-7 the following week, then 1 John 1. 8-10 after that, and would continue until all of 1 John is covered. The key advantage of this system is that the preacher is forced to expound passages that may not be examined or applied normally under a topical series.