Editors note: This is the first in a multi-part series on the necessity and power of expository teaching, particularly but not exclusively focused on pulpit ministry. The text of the series is from one of the Editor’s contributions to the book, the article Expository Teaching pp76-80, A Pastor’s Manual on Doing Church, 2002, 21st Century Press. Minor changes have been made to enhance or clarify the original article.
Exposition means to “lay out and make plain a thing or idea.” As such the exposition or “making plain” the one meaning and various applications of the Divine revelation to precious eternal souls is the high calling, duty, and privilege of the man of the Word. In this sense, when the expositor speaks or writes accurately, his words become a supernatural portal through which mortal man sees and apprehends the eternal realms and eternal truths.
when the expositor speaks or writes accurately, his words become a supernatural portal through which mortal man sees and apprehends the eternal realms and eternal truths.
In fact, he sees himself as he truly is, and through this the Divine stoops down and impresses His mind and heart into the imagination of temporal creatures. Expository teaching is the means by which the veil between the temporal and the eternal is lifted by the agency of the Holy Spirit, so that the creature might gaze, at first momentarily, then with practice, habitually on his Creator, who is forever praised. – A Pastor’s Manual on Doing Church