david_taylor_jr — 2017-03-17T12:49:08-04:00 — #1
dave_l — 2017-03-17T12:59:15-04:00 — #2
As a listener I prefer Topical. In my daily Bible reading this year I'm using a source that is more topical with ample parallel passages. And I seem to grasp more than I have in years past just reading through.
gao_lu — 2017-03-17T13:15:19-04:00 — #3
Either can be well done or poorly done. I lean toward topical in more teaching settings and more expository in pure sermon settings.
Topical messages have the problem of cherry picking support without time for considering context of those passages. Expository are sometimes labeled "expository" when in fact they are a series of mini-topics based on a passage. I sometimes teach that way--mini-topics within a passage.
Hoping to learn more here from you all.
dave_l — 2017-03-17T13:20:20-04:00 — #4
Based on what Gao_Lu says, I believe some passages are the backbone for others. That is, Matt. 24 provides an outline of Revelation if you consider the Recapitulation approach to Revelation. And the Sermon on the Mount/Plain forms the backbone of New Testament ethics. So a mix is definitely good at times.
lu1 — 2017-03-17T14:24:21-04:00 — #5
Topical when doing missions to get the people familiar with the bible. Basically meet them where they are at. That can means overseas or in the States. (Missions for new believers or Church planting ....again new believers or marginal believers---cultural Christians).
Expository once the people are more familiar with the Bible and they are ready to move on from milk to solid food.
However with in the Topical preaching there can be Expository preaching for example the Fall of man when you are getting people to understand sin and the continued spiral of sin in man leading to the Flood narrative and then onto the Tabernacle, Judges, The Prophet and to Christ.
justin_gatlin — 2017-03-17T17:40:23-04:00 — #6
I vastly prefer expository, both as a preacher and as a listener. I think that expository preaching models to the listener how to study the Bible, and allows the power of the message to be the central meaning of the text. I do not think you need to go through books (although I like to do that sometimes), but each message should have one central passage, illuminated by other passages.
Pastorally, I also appreciate how when I am going through a book in an expository way, no one can accuse me (and I cannot be tempted to) find my sermon in the seats.
dave_l — 2017-03-17T18:55:18-04:00 — #7
Thanks for sharing. I don't understand the above comment. But would like to. Would you break it down to me? Thanks
justin_gatlin — 2017-03-18T16:29:50-04:00 — #8
I do not want people to dismiss what I am preaching on as something drummed up because of their situation. I want them to know that I was always going to preach on divorce this week, because it is the section after the one we did last week. I also do not want to be tempted to preach on drunkenness because of someone I see, or be tempted to avoid the topic because of something I find out. I want to be sensitive to God's leadership alone. I trust that He can prepare me way in advance to preach to people's actual situations.
dave_l — 2017-03-18T16:35:12-04:00 — #9
Thanks for explaining this Justin. I've seen what you are talking about.
justin_gatlin — 2017-03-18T16:38:08-04:00 — #10
I don't preach exclusively through books, but I do see that as a helpful advantage.