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Topical Preaching on Theological Themes (part 2)

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

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In part one of this two-part series, the author gave the first two stages in the preparation of topical, expository sermons on theological themes. Here Warren shows the final three stages.

Discover the exegetical and theological meaning of each passage in context.

To maintain biblical authority, sermons must fully expound each passage preached. Doing full expositions for multiple texts/paragraphs simply takes multiple amounts of time and work. There is no substitute. Many preachers avoid topical exposition for this reason. Others skip the discipline of exposition—but compromise their authority along the way.

As you get into your exegetical/theological exposition, you may discover that a certain passage doesn't really deal with your topic after all. Scratch that text and go on to the next. Your increasing understanding of each passage may also cause you to narrow the subject of the sermon. Instead of preaching one sermon on rewards, you may decide to preach a series of sermons on rewards: ...

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