Rethinking “Expository Preaching”

This time last year I was sitting in a doctoral seminar and we were talking about how one defines “expository preaching.” A quick survey of fifty or more definitions reveals that few agree and many have strong points but still leave-out key aspects. I think one of the best expanded definitions has been penned by Richard Mayhue (see here).

Today, I’m sitting in a session with Mayhue and we revisited the subject again. He offered a helpful distillation of exposition that is clear and gets to the heart of what it is:

1. Exposing the congregation to the knowledge of God (leading them to know about Scripture).
2. Explanation of the text (leading them to understand the meaning of Scripture).
3. Exhortation to the congregation (leading them to think about obedience and response to what God has said).

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