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Homiletics Lesson 7

CALVARY Baptist CHURCH
SCHOOL of the BIBLE
Homiletics Lesson Seven
Instructor: Colin Pavitt


Homiletics – Expository Sermons (Page One)

EXPOSITORY SERMONS

Introduction

Expository preaching has long been recognized by great preachers of bygone ages to be the GOLD in bible teaching and preaching. This system maintains many of the principles we have already learned particularly from the different variants of Textual Sermons. The idea of the current course of study is to give the man of God who feels God’s call upon him to proclaim the scriptures a basic foundation for message construction. This principle will also be maintained here as the subject of expository preaching is vast and is often learnt to its fullest by personal experience of constructing messages in this fashion. This truth is observed by those have been preaching this method for years and have with God’s help the ability to draw out the word of God and make it real and gripping for the congregation.

The Method For Expository Preaching

1) The Preacher chooses a PASSAGE; PARAGRAPH; CHAPTER; BOOK; of their choice.

2) The Preacher does NOT in this method of preaching concentrate his efforts on a topic; an individual verse; but rather looks at a portion as a WHOLE so that the context supports the exposition.

3) The preacher adopting this method is freed from the often mistake of Taking a verse out of context because taking the WHOLE passage prevents what has often been said “That a text out of context is a pre-text”.

4) The Preacher adopting this method of message preparation is thus protected from straying from what God is saying because any error of swerving from the truth will quickly be corrected by the surrounding verses. Expository preaching is SAFE preaching and prevents heresies or excessive imagination on the part of the preacher. Young preachers often concern themselves that they may have interpreted something incorrectly and that God will judge them for not preaching accurately. Expository preaching reduces this fear considerably.

5) The Preacher preaching an expository sermon is doing exactly that – He is unravelling the treasures of Holy Scripture and explaining the great truths therein contained – This is done primarily by allowing the chosen portion of scripture to SPEAK FOR ITSELF.

6) The Preacher is STILL required in expository preaching to put his outline into clear headings which are crisp; striking; and understandable.

7) The Preacher when preparing an expository message will often find himself being in a position of choosing a small number of KEY major headings for his message and then having a smaller number of sub headings listed under each major heading.


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EXAMPLE ONE
– EXPOSITORY OUTLINE –
GALATIANS CHAPTER ONE

This chapter can be divided into 4 KEY HEADINGS as follows:

1) Paul SHARES TRUTH ABOUT HIMSELF:

2) Paul SHARES TRUTH ABOUT GOD THE FATHER:

3) Paul SHARES TRUTH ABOUT JESUS CHRIST:

4) Paul SHARES TRUTH ABOUT THE GOSPEL:

POINT ONE: PAUL SHARES TRUTH ABOUT HIMSELF

a) Paul Preaches that he is an Apostle not by man but by Jesus Christ.

(Gal 1:1a)

b) Paul Preaches that he is in Fellowship with other Believers. (Gal 1:2)

c) Paul Preaches that he is to Please God and not Man. (Gal 1:10)

(1 Thess 2:4)

d) Paul Preaches that his gospel is not his own. (Gal 1:11)

e) Paul Preaches that that was given him was given by Revelation of Jesus Christ.

(Gal 1:12) (Eph 3:3)

f) Paul Preaches that his past was Wicked – ie how he was before Conversion.

(Gal 1:13-14) (1 Tim 1:13)

g) Paul Preaches that it was God who called him. (Gal 1:15)

(Acts 9:15) (Jer 1:5)

h) Paul Preaches that it is God who has called him to preach to the Heathen.

(Gal 1:16a)

i) Paul Preaches that it was God who directed him Geographically.

(Gal 1:17-18) (Gal 1:21)

j) Paul Preaches concerning his meeting with Peter. (Gal 1:18) and James.

(Gal 1:19)

k) Paul Preaches concerning the fact that he is NOT a liar. (Gal 1:20)


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l) Paul Preaches about his New Life in Christ. (Gal 1:23)

j) Paul Preaches about the fact that people now recognized God working in him – Which caused them to Glorify God. (Gal 1:24)

POINT TWO: PAUL SHARES TRUTH ABOUT GOD THE FATHER:

a) God the Father Raised Jesus from the Dead. (Gal 1:1)

b) God the Father Gives Grace and Peace. (Gal 1:3)

(1 Cor 1:3)

c) God the Father Gives men their Calling. (Gal 1:15)

(Acts 9:15) (Jer 1:5) (Isa 49:5)

d) God the Father Lives In Believers Hearts. (Gal 1:24)

e) God the Father Has A Will. (Gal 1:4)

(Luke 22:42)

POINT THREE: PAUL SHARES TRUTH ABOUT JESUS CHRIST:

a) Jesus Is Alive. (Gal 1:10)

(Acts 25:19)

b) Jesus Gives Grace And Peace. (Gal 1:3)

c) Jesus Gave Himself For Our Sins. (Gal 1:4a)

(1 John 2:2) (2 Cor 5:21) (John 4:42) (John 1:29)

d) Jesus Delivers From This Evil World. (Gal 1:4b)

(Rom 7:6) (2 Cor 1:10) (Col 1:13) (1 Thess 1:10) (2 Timothy 4:17)

e) Jesus Is Eternal. (Gal 1:5)

f) Jesus Is IN Believers And Believers Are IN Christ. (Gal 1:22)


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POINT FOUR: PAUL SHARES TRUTH ABOUT THE GOSPEL:

a) A Person Can Move away From The Truth Of The Gospel. (Gal 1:6a)

b) A Person Can Shock Even The Most Seasoned Preacher. (Gal 1:6a)

c) A Person Can Be Deceived By A False Gospel. (Gal 1:6c)

d) A Person Can Be Troubled By Those Who Are Perverting The True Gospel Of Christ.

(Gal 1:7)

e) A Person Can Preach A False Gospel And if He Does – He Is To Be Accursed,

(Gal 1:8) (Gal 1:9)

f) A Person Can Recognize There Is Only One True Gospel.

(Gal 1:7) (Gal 1:8) (Gal 1:9)

“The Gospel Of Christ”


EXAMPLE 2
– EXPOSITORY OUTLINE –
AMOS 9:1-15

Title – God As Both Judge And Saviour

POINT ONE: GOD’S SWORD – The Certainty Of God’s Judgement.

(Amos 9:1) (Amos 9:4) (Amos 9:10)

“Notice the multiple mention of Sword”

POINT TWO: GOD’S SEARCHING

– The Certainty Of God Finding And Hunting Down Sinners For Judgement.

(Amos 9:1)

POINT THREE: GOD’S SEEKING – The Certainty Of No Escape (Amos 9:2-3)

POINT FOUR: GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY – (Amos 9:5-7)

“The Certainty Of God In Control”

POINT FIVE: GOD’S SIFTING. (Amos 9:9)

“The Certainty Of Truth Discovered”


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POINT SIX: GOD’S SUBSTANCE. (Amos 9:11-12)

“The Certainty Of God’s Provision If Repentance Is Genuine”

POINT SEVEN: GOD’S SAVING (Amos 9:13-15)

“The Certainty Of Salvation”

POINT EIGHT: GOD’S SECURITY. (Amos 9:15)

“Certainty Of Secure Salvation.

“And they shall no more be pulled out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord God”


EXAMPLE 3
– EXPOSITORY OUTLINE –
ROMANS 5:1-11

All About Justification

1) Justification brings a RIGHT STANDING before God through FAITH alone. (Rom 5:1a)

(1 Cor 1:15)

2) Justification brings PEACE with God. (Rom 5:1b)

(Isa 32:17) (John 16:33) (Eph 2:14) (Col 1:20)

3) Justification brings ACCESS to God. (Rom 5:2a)

(Heb 10:19) (Eph 3:12) (John 10:9)

4) Justification brings REJOICING AND HOPE. (Rom 5:2c)

(Rom 15:13)

5) Justification brings GLORY IN TRIBULATIONS. (Rom 5:3)

(Matt 5:11) (Phil 2:17)

6) Justification brings FREEDOM FROM SHAME. (Rom 5:5a)

(Phil 1:20)

7) Justification brings The GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. (Rom 5:5b)

(Heb 8:10) (Eph 1:13) (Gal 4:6) (2 Cor 1:22)

8) Justification brings A DEMONSTRATION OF GOD’S LOVE. (Rom 5:8a)

(John 15:13)


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9) Justification brings a RIGHT STANDING before God through the BLOOD of Christ.

(Rom 5:9)

(1 John 1:7) (Rev 1:5)

10) Justification brings a DELIVERANCE FROM GOD’S WRATH (Rom 5:9)

“We shall be saved from wrath through him”

11) Justification brings us into RECONCILIATION WITH GOD. (Rom 5:10)

(2 Cor 5:18)

12) Justification brings the fact that the genuine believer has received the ATONEMENT.

(Rom 5:11)

(Num 15:25)

**** NOTE – It is important to note that all of the above examples are expository OUTLINES ONLY.

In truth this is only half the story – The OUTLINE is essential but then the great truths of scripture must be hunted for and searched out ****


EXAMPLE 4
– EXPOSITORY OUTLINE
AND MORE IN DEPTH
PSALM 1

It is often of value when bringing a deep expository message to tackle the verses in the passage before us in the form of THEMES as follows:

Verse 1: Point 1:

We can only be blessed if we do not WALK in the counsel of the wicked.

We can only be blessed if we do not STAND in the path of Sinners.

We can only be blessed if we do not SIT in the seat of scoffers.

Verse 1: Point 2:

A Description of unsaved found here is that they are UNGODLY

A Description of unsaved found here is that they are SINNERS

A Description of unsaved found here is that they are SCOFFERS.

This verse teaches a number of activities which would cause a believer to be snared and fall.


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This verse teaches that sin appears to be progressive – It starts off in one aspect and then snowballs into other areas.

This verse teaches that genuine Christian conduct would be to SHUN the wicked ways of those around us.

VERSE 2: Point 1:

This verse teaches the attitude of the believer to God’s word.

a) The Believer recognizes and accepts that the bible is God’s word – The Law Of The Lord.

b) The Believer delights in the Law of the Lord.

c) The Believer Meditates on the Law Of the Lord.

d) The Believer constantly studies the word of God. (Day and Night)

VERSE 3: Point 1:

This verse teaches the fruitful result of a faithful believer.

a) The faithful believer is likened to a tree planted by rivers of water.

b) The faithful believer brings forth fruit at the right moment.

c) The faithful believer will always remain productive and ripe.

d) The faithful believer will prosper in all things.


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VERSE 4 AND VERSE 5 Point 1:

These verses teach about the ungodly which are opposites to verse 3.

“The ungodly are not so”

a) The ungodly will not bring forth fruit.

b) The ungodly will not last but rather fade away.

c) The ungodly will not prosper.

d) The ungodly will be driven away like chaff by the wind.

e) The ungodly will will not stand in the judgement.

f) The ungodly will not be found in the congregation of the righteous.

VERSE 6: Point 1:

This verse teaches two key points – One concerning the saved and one concerning the unsaved.

a) The Lord knows the way of the righteous.

(2 Tim 2:19) (Nahum 1:7) (John 10:14) (Job 23:10) (John 10:27)

b) The way of the ungodly shall perish.

(Psalm 112:10) (Proverbs 14:10) (Matt 7:13) (2 Peter 2:12)