The absence of expository preaching is directly related to an erosion of confidence in the authority of and sufficiency of Scripture. At the beginning of the nineteenth the battle lines were drawn against the forces of liberalism. Liberals were challenging the miraculous, questioning the divine, and opposing the historicity of the New Testament documents. Evangelicals weathered that storm, and empty liberal churches testify to the futility of the liberal quest for a demythologized Christ. But today the battle is more subtle. The Scriptures are neglected and debased and are used only as a springboard for all kinds of “talks” that are far removed from genuine biblical exposition…There is little, if any, sense of either the preacher or the congregation bowing under the majestic authority of God’s written Word.
As a minister of the gospel, there is no subject that interests me more than the preaching. I am not just interested in a “fanciful” manner, but I am captivated by this subject because it sums up God’s call upon my life this side of heaven. But it’s not just preaching in general that interests me. Rather it is Christ who is to be the Grand Theme and Subject of all faithful preaching! I am not only called to preach. I am called to “preach Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 1:23). “…We do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord…” 2 Cor. 4:5). All true preaching is Christ-centered, and all Christ-centered preaching is true preaching. There are no two ways about it! Those who are committed to the faithful exposition of Scripture will necessarily preach Christ because all of the Scriptures testify about Him (
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