Definition of Expository Preaching
By: Gary D. Lee

It is always good to remind everyone what expository preaching is since, after all, that is the reason for this site. Therefore, as Dr. Stephen Olford explains it, expository preaching is the Spirit-empowered explanation and proclamation of the text of Godís Word, with due regard to the historical, contextual, grammatical and doctrinal significance of the given passage, with the specific object of invoking a Christ-transforming response.

First of all, we have the biblical authority to preach. In 2 Timothy 4:2, Paul solemnly charges young Timothy with an imperative that still holds true for the preacher of today, Preach the Word! However, this charge was given after he told Timothy to be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15)

Taken together, these two imperatives give us the authority to preach the Word of God but to preach it with care. We preach with care when we handle the word of truth with a proper regard to its historical, contextual, grammatical and doctrinal significance.

Next month, I will tell you the difference between topical and expository preaching, or can one be expository and topical at the same time?