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Robert October 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Fantastic article Jack,
Expository preaching is my favorite. John MacArthur is a fantastic expository preacher (as I’m sure you are too). You are absolutely right about the power of the Word coming out in an expository sermon. Thank you for this explanation of the different kinds of preaching also. God bless you, brother.
Yours in Christ,

Jack Wellman October 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Thank you Robert. One things for sure, I have no power, so why not utilize God’s power that is available in His Word. I so agree with John MacArthur’s preaching style. Great example. I appreciate, as always, your encouragement sir.

Josh October 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Great article Jack. My favorite sermons to listen to are expository!

Jack Wellman October 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Thank you very much Josh. I believe I am with you on that.

ken October 26, 2012 at 2:02 am

expositorz is the waz to go

Gil October 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

I really learned a lot in your article, Thank you for your contribution to me learning more about, what it means to be a student of the word of God. I am applying this to my own reading and study of the Bible. I believe it will help me keep thing in proper context, as I apply the principles to my life. Thanks again.

Joe Sewell October 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Expository preaching and study forces you to deal with all the dirty little nooks & crannies of Scripture that your upbringing or current faith may not want you to see. The John 3:16 example is a good example … who knew that God didn’t send Jesus to condemn the world, but that the world was already condemned? Few people who make John 3:16 their “life verse” realize that, or they might but not realize that support is just around the corner.

On the other hand, there are plenty of false teachers who deceive people by skipping important verses that contradict their own slant on their particular teaching. Our pastor likes to present some of these false teachers and their messages as warnings. One came from Creflo Dollar, trying to justify the notion that Jesus was rich. I don’t recall what part of Acts (I think it was) that he mentioned, but he “conveniently” skipped right over the section that proved that the people discussed were poorer than most Americans have ever encountered.

As I type this, I’m chatting on Facebook with someone about the Westboro Baptist crew. (I was relating your story of how you & your church set a great example of how to handle them, Jack.) I also mentioned an article, I believe it was on Christian Post, about a discharged soldier who decided to interview them about why they did what they did. To his surprise, he found that most of them had caring hearts — and none of them harassed him because he was one of those “evil military people.” (He was not able to interview the pastor, and I don’t recall if Mrs. Phelps was available.) What I saw, though, was hunt-and-peck “cherry-picking” of Scriptures to support the lop-sided view Phelps presents.

I can understand people who want to bypass all the “begats” found in Genesis, Matthew, and Luke. I can also understand that some people’s eyes glaze over if they get hit with a detailed analysis of just about anything. It’s sad, though, to see so many people hungry for expository teaching and so few getting it, just being satisfied with the pablum of random verses plucked out to make a feel-good point or to satisfy the requirement of the lectionary of the week.

To be picky, I can justify people observing the chapter & verse divisions in some areas, such as Psalms and Proverbs, because those are two places where the divisions are probably in the original texts (especially Psalms). I can also handle people taking away a single verse to use for a reminder.

The verse taken out of context, though, is often the seed of heresy.

Jack Wellman October 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Thank you Joe. Your biblical wisdom always adds so much to the posts. Your life “The verse taken out of context, though, is often the seed of heresy” is spot on and one that I wish I had the commons sense to include. Sterling comment as always and I will not take your comment out of context! LOL

Omarrow July 16, 2015 at 2:31 pm

I like this Jack i think this is the best way to go

Jack Wellman July 16, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Thank you so much my friend.

James Griffin November 15, 2015 at 8:53 pm

Jack, I just stumbled on your article and appreciate it very much. I was a member of PCUSA for over fifty years and had become disillusioned by the PC messages that I was subjected to weekly to the point that I looked for any excuse to miss church. Eventually, the church left me (I refuse to say that I left it) over the homosexual issue. I retired to a ski village in New Mexico and was invited by another refugee from PCUSA to visit a small Baptist church with a minister who had just left the mission field and was learning to preach. His style is strictly expositional. He has made me realize just why God inspired man to write the Bible and has turned both my wife and me back to God and Jesus. Just this year, we were baptised and have begun a new life in our blessed Saviour.
Although our health is failing and our children beg us to move back to Texas, we can not think about leaving this wonderful church. I suspect that your church is likeours.

Jack Wellman November 15, 2015 at 9:48 pm

Thank you Mr. Griffin. Praise God for your turning to God. You are so encouraging sir. Our church is very close knit for sure and like me, we have room for improvement. May God richly bless you and your beloved wife sir.

Matthew April 15, 2016 at 9:14 pm

I am doing a research on expository preaching and that how I got to your article, good job Sir.

marshal madamombe October 3, 2019 at 2:43 am

How do you become a good expository preacher/teacher.Whenever I get a chance to preach/teach how can i develop myself to hold the scripture with the intend that the Author intended,

Jack Wellman October 3, 2019 at 10:11 am

Find an audience to practice with. Even if it’s your family or relatives. Expository preaching is simply going verse by verse and anyone can do that.

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