0:00 – INTRO
0:55 – WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT WAYS TO CRAFT A SERMON?
A pastor has to “preach the word” (2 Tim. 4:2)
3 most common types:
- EXPOSITORY PREACHING (EXPOSITIONAL)
- TEXTUAL PREACHING
- TOPICAL PREACHING
1:46 – 1. EXPOSITORY PREACHING
Seeks to “expose” the meaning of the Bible passage.
Explains an entire book of the Bible: verse by verse, chapter by chapter in its historical and literal contexts.
2:29 – WHAT GOES INTO CREATING AN EXPOSITORY SERMON?
CIA method for Biblical interpretation (See episodes 1a & 1b)
- CONTEXT: literary, historical
- INTERPRETATION: God’s originally intended meaning
- APPLICATION: Apply it to us today
3:33 – WHY IS EXPOSITORY PREACHING SO POPULAR?
- Shows us how to study and interpret the Bible for ourselves
- Gives us insight into the distinctive cultural and historical settings
- Can follow the sermons each week rather than jumping around the Bible
- Requires the pastor to deal with challenging texts and issues
5:23 – 2. TEXTUAL PREACHING
Like the expository method, except the pastor only preaches through a section rather than the entire book (4-8 week “sermon series”)
6:28 – WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A TEXTUAL SERMON SERIES?
- Can help us in the Christian calendar: like Advent/Christmas or Easter
- Can give a basic theological framework through an important section/story
7:28 – 3. TOPICAL PREACHING
A single message on a single subject
Gives a broad-spectrum view of what the Bible says on a given topic or theme
8:05 – ADVANTAGES OF TOPICAL SERMONS
- Can see a theme or topic through multiple books of the Bible
- Get insight into many passages from different parts of the Bible
- Introduce newer Christians to important topics
- Helpful on special occasions (Mother’s Day) or to address needed issues
9:24 – DISADVANTAGES OF TOPICAL SERMONS
- Could be biblically shallow (not enough time to carefully study each verse)
- Listeners can end up not really learning how to study through Bible passages
- The pastor could select only Bible verses that support the theme but miss others
- Sometimes can be based on too many “secular” topics instead of what the Bible brings up
10:49 – SO WHAT?
All 3 types of sermons are beneficial.
- What’s important: biblically based and practically applicable
- Expositional & Textual sermons are great for studying the Bible verse-by-verse
- Topical sermons can be excellent sources of learning about one topic and getting a wide view
11:46 – WHAT’S YOUR NEXT STEP?
FIND OUT THE STYLE
Take notes at church and see if you can tell the sermon’s style.
12:44 – THANK YOU & WRAP UP