I thought today I’d answer some of the most common myths associated with Expositional Preaching and Teaching:
Myth #1 – “Teaching expositionally is boring.” – No. Boring is boring. In fact, I find expositional teaching to be the most exciting style of teaching there is. I love hearing a great Bible teacher build his case by working through a section of Scripture.
Myth #2 – “Expositional teaching is too deep for unchurched people.” – We need to stop thinking that unchurched people aren’t smart or can’t handle anything other than basic truths. Unchurched people can handle any truth from the Scriptures as long as we communicate in an understanding way.
Myth #3 – “Book studies are too long and people will get bored.” – In my experience, I’ve found that it’s Pastors who get bored, not people. People want to learn and grow. So let’s not push our feelings on them.
Myth #4 – “Only Christians like expository preaching.” – Again not true. People like great preaching, whether expository or topical. The key is to engage people and communicate in a way that’s understandable and relatable.
Myth #5 – “Only topical preaching can adequately deal with felt need issues.” – Again, I disagree. While I agree that come subjects are best dealt with in a topical manner, expository preaching deals with felt needs quite well. Next tim you want to do a marriage series, work your way through Psalm 127 or Ephesians 5. Want to teach on loneliness? Psalm 142 is a great text to work your way through. Want to talk about money? Timothy 6 is a good place.
My point is, don’t believe the things you’re heard about expositional teaching. I still believe it’s the best way to disciple a congregation and give them the whole counsel of God.
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