What is an “Expositional” Sermon? - Answers for Church Members - February 12

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What is an “expositional” sermon?
 
An expositional sermon is a sermon that takes the main point of a passage of Scripture, makes it the main point of the sermon, and applies it to life today.
 
In other words, an expositional sermon exposes the meaning of a passage of Scripture and shows its relevance to the lives of one’s hearers. That’s it.
 
This means that an expositional sermon does NOT
  • Need to focus on just a verse or two.
  • Need to present complex exegetical arguments or endless historical background.
  • Need to be dry, lifeless, or removed from people’s lives.
  • Confuse the primary point of a passage with any legitimate application of that passage (that is, use a verse to say what you want to say).
Rather, it should take a small, medium, or large passage of Scripture and show how dramatically important the primary meaning of a passage is for the world today.

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