THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN SCHOOL OF MISSIONS. HOMILETICS. HOMILETICS. CONTENTS MEANING AND PURPOSE PREACHER’S GUIDE TO HOMILETICS THE CHOICE OF A TEXT THE THEME AND TITLE GATHERING OF SERMON MATERIALS SERMON PREPARATION I SERMON PREPARATION II PRINCIPAL TYPES OF BIBLICAL SERMONS.
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c) TOO LONG A TEXT
d) TOO CONFINING
The expository sermon should be characterised by a unity of theme just as there are many verses in the text is no reason why there should be many different thoughts and themes, thus constitution a number of sermons in one sermon. It may be very difficult to find this unity of thought in expository rather than in textual sermons because of the differences in the length of the text chosen, but to be successful in this method of preaching, it must be done at all costs.
Not only must the entire section be studied but every paragraph, verse, sentence, phrase, and word must be carefully studied until the meaning is ascertained. Expository preaching is by no means as some , have erroneously supposed, a lazy way of preaching, if anything it requires far more work than any other method of sermonizing. But it yields larger results and so is worth the extra work. Sermonizing is a hard and laborious work anyway. The true preacher will have no easy time of it. Lazy man had better steer clear of the ministry.
There is great danger in expository preaching of being so taken up with the great truth as set forth in the text, and in the endeavour to make others see them that the preacher is likely to forget that the end of all preaching is practice, and so overlook the practical application of the great truth enunciated. Let him remember that where the application beings, the sermon begins. Do not fail to apply the truth taught.