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Topic: I'm curious, does your pastor do topical sermons or expository teaching?

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Subject: I'm curious, does your pastor do topical sermons or expository teaching?
Date Posted: 6/5/2008 1:58 AM ET
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I go to a church where the Word is taught in an expository format but I think that is rare. I like it though, we are currently going through Matthew in our fellowship group and Luke in big church (our main service).


Date Posted: 6/5/2008 5:35 AM ET
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I'mnot sure what expository is. I liked it when pastor teaches a topic in outline form but not sure I've ever experienced the other form you mentioned.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 9:18 AM ET
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By expository, do you mean that the Pastor teaches through a section of Scripture verse by verse? I've experienced both methods of teaching, and enjoy them equally well.  Our most recent Pastor did both, but more often did topical studies.  Our church is currently looking for a new Pastor (the former one and his wife stepped out and started a new ministry) , so it will be interesting to see how our new eventual Pastor teaches. 

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 9:39 AM ET
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Our pastor seems to do expository in the evening service.  We've done Job, Revelation and now are in 1 Samuel.  And topical in the morning service.  He recently finished up a series on what the different parts of our worship service mean,  and how we practice them, not because they are traditional but because they are biblical and point us to Christ the object of our worship.   Now he is preaching through the Belgic Confession article by article.  But he does his series in such a way that he is preaching the word of God very solidly.   He does not preach the confession as if it was inspired by God or as if it is a substitute for Scripture.  It seems as if he's using the Confession as a doctrinal outline and then preaching the great truths of the faith from Scripture.   Using this format he's preached on the deity of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, the Holy Scriptures etc.  and looking ahead we'll get to original sin, election, the incarnation, justification, sanctification, etc.  It is so amazingly awesome!!!   So it's topical in the respect that he's preaching doctrinal topics but I've not seen him do social type topics, although he is excellent about applying doctrine to the Christian life so it's not just a bunch of theological terms that make your head spin.

I found myself in a church not too long ago  that was doing a series on what non-Christians hate about Christians and the year before they were doing a series on Oprah/Bono something about celebrities desires?  My hubby started singing U2's "Desire" under his breath til I gave him an elbow jab :-)  So that's kind of what immediately comes to mind when I think "topical" sermon. LOL!!!  Those kinds of sermons are not my cup of tea :-)

Not too long ago I was reading online about this type of preaching called Christocentric preaching.  I think the idea is that every passage of Scripture points to Christ and that it is important for the preacher to make that connection.  My preacher does a very good job of pointing everything to Christ.  I am so blessed not only to be learning so much but to get a glimpse of Christ every Lord's Day.  He really is as amazing as the hymns of old say He is but listening to anemic preaching most of my life it was more head knowledge than heart knowledge.   Here is a really neat article that describes Christocentric preaching if anyone is interested. 


sorry this turned into a novel.  I love my new church and my new pastor and just had to share my enthusiasm :-)



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Date Posted: 6/5/2008 9:59 AM ET
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"By expository, do you mean that the Pastor teaches through a section of Scripture verse by verse?"

Yes, that is what I mean.

I guess I should add that we don't always have expository teaching. There are times when our pastor takes a break to do a few topical pieces or addresses a current need in the church. But the bulk is expository. I feel like I retain it better when we go verse by verse, though I'm not sure why.

Rebecca, from reading some of your posts recently, your church believes much the same as mine. Does your pastor put his sermons online?

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 11:55 AM ET
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We have topics.  We'll usually go through a sermon series on a given topic for a few weeks, and then move onto something else.  Right now we're doing a sermon series on The Shack.  It's a little bit similar to what Rebecca said.  Our pastor is not using The Shack to teach out of, but rather as a guide of things to teach from the Bible, if that makes sense. 

ETA: For example, our first week's sermon on the topic was called "Can God be Trusted".

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Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:01 PM ET
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Hey Char, I PM'ed you :-)

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:56 PM ET
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Usually, we have expository.  Sometimes he goes through verse by verse, sometimes it's taking the passages for the day and explaining them - but not necessarily "verse by verse", if that makes sense.  It's definitely Biblical, though.


Date Posted: 6/5/2008 1:02 PM ET
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We do topical sermons, which I love. We go verse by verse Sunday mornings in Bible study, and also on Wednesdays. In Sunday morning service, we just got done with a series on real prayer: spending real time with God, not asking for Aunt Sally's cold to go away type of prayer. It was emotional and deep and very applicable.

I enjoy and get things out of both. However, I prefer to go verse-by-verse in a small groups, conversational setting, so that I am free to ask questions at any time.