Expository Preaching Defined
Expository Preaching - Al Mohler

Expository Preaching - Dr. Steven J. Lawson
Al Mohler - "Expository preaching is that mode of Christian preaching that takes as its central purpose the presentation and application of the text of the Bible. All other issues and concerns are subordinated to the central task of presenting the biblical text. As the word of God, the text of Scripture has the right to establish both the substance and the structure of the sermon. Genuine exposition takes place when the preacher sets forth the meaning and message of the biblical text and makes clear how the word of God establishes the identity and worldview of the church as the people of God."[1]
 
Mark Dever – “The first mark of a healthy church is expository preaching. (In fact) it is not only the first mark; it is far and away the most important of them all, because if you get this one right, all the others (marks of a healthy church) should follow.”[2] Turning a page Dr. Dever defines “expository preaching” as “preaching which takes for the point of a sermon the point of a particular passage of Scripture”[3].
 
D Martin Lloyd-Jones - “To expound is not simply to give the correct grammatical sense of a verse or paragraph, it is rather to set out principles or doctrines which the words are intended to convey. True expository preaching is therefore, doctrinal preaching, it is preaching which addresses specific truths from God to man.”[4]
 
Haddon W. Robinson – “Expository preaching is the communication of a biblical concept, derived from and transmitted through a historical, grammatical , and literary study of a passage in its context, which the Holy Spirit first applies to the personality and experience of the preacher, then through the preacher applies it to the hearers.”[5]
 
John Piper - in his video series “Battling Unbelief” puts a slightly different twist on such preaching by calling it “Expository Exaltation”. He justifies his wording by referring to Jonathan Edwards book The End for Which God Created the World. In this book Jonathan Edwards states “God in seeking His glory seeks the good of His creatures, because the emanation of his glory (which He seeks and delights in, as He delights in Himself and His own eternal glory) implies the communicated excellency and happiness of His creatures. And in communicating His fullness for them, He does it for Himself, because their good, which He seeks, is so much in union and communion with Himself. God is their good. Their excellency and happiness is nothing but the emanation and expression of God’s glory. God in seeking their glory and happiness, seeks Himself, and in seeking Himself, i.e. Himself diffused and expressed (which he delights in, as He delights in His own beauty and fullness), He seeks their glory and happiness”[6]
 
John A. Broadus – Noting that there are a wide variety of definitions he states: “An expository sermon is one which is occupied mainly with the exposition of Scripture…. Expository sermons may be defined as a sermon that draws its divisions and the exploration of those divisions from the text…. In other words the entire thought content comes from the Scripture.”[7] 
 
Hershael York - (In expository preaching one cannot) "divorce feeding from leading, preaching from pastoring, or (the) sermon from (the) congregation.  A sermon may fit a technical definition of exposition, without a pastoral heart coupled with a preacher’s head, it won’t accomplish much."

         David Ricard – Expository preaching is preaching that, as Al Mohler says: “begins with the Bible and ends with the Bible.”[8]   It is preaching so focused on the written and the incarnate Word of God, that believers depart from the sermon, glorifing their Creator, their Savior, and His Sprit with their challenge to proclaim His Gospel, renewed.  It is that form of preaching that simultaneously leaves the regenerate members of the congregation understanding the context of the passage, the original meaning of the particular Biblical text, and the contemporary application to their particular lives; while igniting the hearts of unregenerate listeners.  Sanctifying some, as it justifies others, expository preaching is the primary "tool" by which God communicates that which He has written in the Bible, from generation to generation, via a man of God proclaiming the Word of God to both His children and His future children.  It is a proclaimation that stays focused on that which God has said in His Word and done on the cross.
 
[1] Mohler, Albert; “Al Mohler Program” Radio Broadcast, August 10, 2005
[2] Dever, Mark: Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 2004. P 39
[3] Dever, Mark: Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 2004. p. 40
[4] Murray, Iain H; D. Martin Lloyd Jones: The Fight of Faith 1939-1961, Edinburg: Banner of Truth, 1990, 2:261
[5] Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001. P 21
[6] Piper, John; God’s Passion for His Glory, Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1998. p. 176
[7] Broadus, John A, On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, San Francisco, Harper 1979. p 59
[8] Mohler, Albert; “Al Mohler Program” Radio Broadcast, August 10, 2005