Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Expositional Preaching

The Definitions (From Mark Dever)

Anecdotal - a sermon in which the preacher primarily tells engaging stories with a moral lesson.
Biographical - a sermon in which the preacher traces the life of a biblical character and draws contemporary moral implications.
Topical - a sermon that has a topic in mind prior to consulting the text, and then searches for one or more biblical texts that address the topic chosen beforehand.
Textual - a sermon that refers often to a particular Biblical text, but does not take the main point of the text as its own.
Expositional - a sermon which takes the point of the text as the point of the sermon


Anonymous said...

Interesting that all of these sermons, that I have previously witnessed at one time or another, actually have categories. This brings things into greater perspective. Ahhh, Expositional!

Joe VonDoloski said...

I had the exact reaction. I have heard mostly topical and Textual.

Expositional far exceeds them all.

Anonymous said...

you people always talking about expositionnal preaching ...why don't you jest preach the Bible

Joe VonDoloski said...

That is what expositional preaching is! Rather than just ranting through verses and adding a third point to every sermon on the KJV... for instance.