Why should my first post after Christmas be on preaching and not leadership or something else? Well, after spending a Christmas that was truly Christ-centered, where my family and I attended gathered worship, viewed the Nativity, and received the blessings of the Lord’s Table, the Word has been on my mind.
The preacher and Bible teacher have the responsibility of imparting biblical truths to God’s people week in and week out. This responsibility is best executed through expository preaching.
Only preachers committed to proclaiming what God says have the Bible’s imprimatur on their preaching. Thus, expository preaching endeavors to discover and convey the precise meaning of the Word. Scripture determines what expositors preach because they unfold what it says. (Christ-Centered Preaching, p. 32)
“Only preachers committed to proclaiming what God says have the Bible’s imprimatur on their preaching.” It should be no other way. I recall Paul in 2 Corinthians 2:17: “For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ” (italics added).
The preacher is commissioned by God. Enough said.
In closing, for readers who have given up on expository preaching for whatever reason(s), consider this: “If Scripture does not determine meaning, ultimately Scripture has no meaning” (Christ-Centered Preaching, p. 77).
At any rate, all expository preaching should be Christ-centered.