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    Default Topical Preaching vs. Expository Preaching

    Which method of preaching (Topical or Expository) do you think is the most practical and needed form of preaching for present day NT Church?

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    Bible preaching.

    Style is optional.


    BASS teaching what the Bible means in
    I Cor 11:14 "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame him".

    BASS-THAT is what is shameful to a man: to walk around with his hair in curlers or to put barrettes in it, etc.
    And she deconstructs sermons???
    ROTFLOL!! You can't make this stuff up!

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    Which sermon title would draw you to listen, “Seven Sensational Secrets to Success”, or “Continuing Our Study in Romans Chapter 9”?

    Topical sermons can be Scripturally based, and Expository sermons can deal with current issues. Balance is key. I am leery of any pastor that totally ignores one at the cost of the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THE REAL BAPTIST View Post
    Bible preaching.

    Style is optional.
    I Agree, style is optional. However, your style will sometimes determine how you study your Bible in preparation for a message, and may determine whether or not you preach in context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercy Me View Post
    Which sermon title would draw you to listen, “Seven Sensational Secrets to Success”, or “Continuing Our Study in Romans Chapter 9”?

    Topical sermons can be Scripturally based, and Expository sermons can deal with current issues. Balance is key. I am leery of any pastor that totally ignores one at the cost of the other.
    I have heard good topical and good expository. However, I have also heard some "completely out of context" topical sermons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shalashaska View Post
    I have heard good topical and good expository. However, I have also heard some "completely out of context" topical sermons.
    Me too, unfortunately.

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    I think that expository sermons have the most impact on someones life. This is not to say there is not a time and a place for topical sermons. I become very leery of preachers who preach for a half of a hour and never go back to the text from the beginning of the message.

    The power behind any message is the Word of God. Expository preaching has the most Bible in it and generally plays out to be the most powerful. When I preach, I encourage those listening to follow in their Bibles so that they know that I am not just making noise, but have a Biblical basis for each point.

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    Well, I typically avoid topical sermons. I think expository is the way to go, unless there is a specific event going on that needs addressed. I have done topical sermons, but I am always very careful with them.

    Expository preaching allows the TEXT to speak for itself.

    It allows for consideration of the context.

    It allows the preacher to teach what the TEXT says rather than jumping from passage to passage to prove the idea he decided to preach on that day.

    Topical preaching makes it easier for the pastor to rip verses out of context and add them to their arsenal of "proof" for what they are trying to say. Not always the case, but it is certainly easier to do this with topical sermons.

    By the way, if we speak from the text, in an expository style, and go through the Bible, over time we will hit the TOPICS we preach on anyway. So to me, it makes sense to preach expository as default and do some topical stuff here and there. Just my take on it...
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    Mercy Me said:

    Which sermon title would draw you to listen, “Seven Sensational Secrets to Success”, or “Continuing Our Study in Romans Chapter 9”?

    Give me Romans any day. "Sensational" titles (and excessive alliteration) make me ill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlegg View Post
    Well, I typically avoid topical sermons. I think expository is the way to go, unless there is a specific event going on that needs addressed. I have done topical sermons, but I am always very careful with them.

    Expository preaching allows the TEXT to speak for itself.

    It allows for consideration of the context.

    It allows the preacher to teach what the TEXT says rather than jumping from passage to passage to prove the idea he decided to preach on that day.

    Topical preaching makes it easier for the pastor to rip verses out of context and add them to their arsenal of "proof" for what they are trying to say. Not always the case, but it is certainly easier to do this with topical sermons.

    By the way, if we speak from the text, in an expository style, and go through the Bible, over time we will hit the TOPICS we preach on anyway. So to me, it makes sense to preach expository as default and do some topical stuff here and there. Just my take on it...
    I agree totally! I think the reason that there isn't more expository preaching is because it actually requires time to break down and define a passage. Come on preachers! Feed your flock! Take time to study your Bible!

 

 
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