How do you do expositional preaching poorly?

  1. Do no application. Expositional preaching is preaching that takes the main point of a scriptural text, makes it the main point of the sermon, and applies it to life today. Good expositional preaching will apply the text specifically: to different kinds of people in different spiritual states and different situations in life.
  2. Use no illustrations or stories. Expositional preaching that has little human interest will be dry and flat. Expositional preachers should judiciously use illustrations and anecdotes that illumine the text. This helps people understand a text more easily and relate it to their lives.
  3. Give excessive exegetical detail. Sermons that discourse on genitive absolutes and passive participles will feel academic and lifeless. An expositional sermon should explain the text, but it shouldn’t seek to be an exhaustive, scholarly commentary.
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