This past semester I took a class on Bible Exposition (a method of preaching/teaching the Bible). When teaching through the Bible, it seems that systematically moving through its books has many benefits,
Below is D.A. Carson‘s list of the benefits to expository preaching/teaching;
1. Least likely strays from Scripture.
2. Teaches people how to read and study their Bibles.
3. Gives confidence to the preacher and authorizes his sermon.
4. Meets the need for relevance without letting the clamor for relevance dictate the message.
5. Disciplines the preacher to preach through tough texts of God’s word.
6. Enables the preacher to expound systematically through the whole counsel of God.
7. Provides a balanced diet and helps avoid ‘hobby horse’ preaching.
8. Eliminates ‘Saturday night fever’ and helps with a planning program.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term ‘expository preaching’, it is basically “the communication of a Biblical concept, derived from and transmitted through a historical, grammatical, and literary study of the passage in its context, which the Holy Spirit first applies to the personality of the preacher, then through him to his hearers.” (Haddon Robinson)