Matthew R. Perry

Ramesh Richard’s definition of Expository Preaching — Is This Good Enough?

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2006 at 4:07 pm

Expository preaching is the contemporization of the central proposition of the biblical text that is derived from proper methods of interpretation and declared through effective means of communication to inform minds, to instruct hearts, and influence behavior toward godliness.

[From Preparing Expository Sermons: A Seven-Step Method For Biblical Preaching. Copyright (c) 1995, 2001. Baker Books: Grand Rapids, MI. p. 19.]

So what do you think? Is this definition comprehensive enough?

  1. I don’t know if it’s all-comprehensive, but if more pastors based the heart of their sermon around the actual heart of the text itself, then our churches would be a lot more biblically literate. 🙂

    Overall, I like Richard’s book on preaching, even though it only really fits with propositional texts like the epistles and general letters. He needs put more thought into how to best preach narratives and poetry, aka: most texts in the OT.

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