Method of Preaching

Exegesis → Hermeneutics Homiletics Exposition

Exegesis interprets the meaning of what the author meant for the original recipients using technical linguistic and grammatical analysis. Hermeneutics systematically interprets that meaning in a greater sense using historical and literary contexts. Homiletics provides modern practical applications of that meaning. Exposition explains the meaning and purpose for today.

Expository preaching is a form of preaching that details the meaning of a particular passage of Scripture. It explains what the Bible means by what it says. Exegesis is a careful drawing out of the exact meaning of a passage in its original context, as opposed to the flawed method of eisegesis that interprets in a way to introduce one's own biases (reading into the text). Expository preaching differs from topical preaching in that the former concentrates on a text and discusses topics covered therein; whereas, the latter concentrates on a topic and references texts covering that topic. Expository preaching is a technique that refers to the proclamation of the Bible as it appears in the text. The expository method is favored among those that believe the Bible is the word of God and worthy of being presented in its purest, rather than modifying the message to match the audience.