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Topical Preaching on Theological Themes (part 1)

How to preach expositionally when a theological idea is the order of the day.

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This is part one of a two-part series.

I entered my first pastorate with enthusiasm, confident I could preach for several years using paragraph-by-paragraph, through-a-book exposition. I'd start with Ephesians. That would take a good year, maybe longer. Ephesians was theologically solid and relevant. Then on to 1 Corinthians. That would take two years at least. I'd do some Psalms along the way and preach through a narrative like Genesis or Matthew. Of course I would break away to expound some key texts for special occasions: Isaiah 9:6 at Christmas, for example.

Then reality visited, an incident that demanded church discipline. I should have known. Ours was a new church plant and had no experience in, or policy for, discipline. It was simply in the bylaws that church discipline would be practiced in a biblical manner when necessary.

Ready or not, it was time for a topical theological expository sermon. Our congregation needed a biblically based message on what church discipline was, why we ...

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