A Definition of Biblical Preaching
posted 04/15/11See theme
I intend to supply a definition of biblical exposition and to present a case for it. It seems to me that these two tasks belong together in that the case for biblical exposition is to be found in its definition. Here then is the definition: To expound Scripture is to open up the inspired text with such faithfulness and sensitivity that God's voice is heard and his people obey him.
Now let me draw out the implications of this definition in such a way as to present a case for biblical exposition. The definition contains six implications, two convictions about the biblical text, two obligations in expounding it, and two expectations as a result.
Two convictions about the biblical text
(1) It is an inspired text. To expound Scripture is to open up the inspired text. Revelation and inspiration belong together. Revelation describes the initiative that God has taken to unveil himself and so to disclose himself, since without this revelation he would always remain the unknown God. Inspiration describes ...