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Topical preaching – make your mind up

Not all topical sermons are created equal. What is the difference? Whether or not it is expository topical.

BIBLICAL PREACHING AUTOR 108/Peter_Mead 21 DE MARZO DE 2024 10:08 h
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Many preachers find a topical approach to preaching to be an easier road. I encourage students not to pursue topical preaching as the primary form of preaching.  Why? Because it is harder.

Huh? Easier or harder, make your mind up!

Not all topical sermons are created equal. There is topical preaching that is a short-cut. And there is topical preaching that multiplies the work. 

What is the difference? Whether or not it is expository topical. 

Topical preaching is effectively a form of preaching. It is where the preacher combines passages to make a main point that is their own construct, or the result of a combination of several passages. 

Expository preaching is not a form, it’s a commitment. It is a commitment to exegete the text so that the text functions as boss of what is said in the message. 

This can be a single passage exposition. Or it can be a multiple passage topical exposition.


The easy road

I am certainly not suggesting that all non-expository topical sermons are preached because the preacher is lazy.  Not at all. But it is an easier approach. 

You can combine the passages you like, that say what you want to say, without all the baggage of exegesis and contextual analysis. 

You can tailor the sermon to speak into lives with the real or apparent authority of Scripture, but without the painstaking effort in preparation.


The hard road

The work required to truly get to grips with a passage in order to preach it effectively is significant.

Historical, contextual, cultural, grammatical, lexical, and literary study, not to mention textual critical work, original language study, discourse analysis, etc., all add up to a daunting task. 

Now decide to preach on three passages (perhaps Ephesians 5, 1Corinthians 7 and Song of Songs – for a topical sermon on marriage).  Your task is now significantly more daunting. Expository topical preaching is worthwhile, but it is not a short cut.

There is a place and a need for expository topical preaching in the church. Yet for the sake of the preacher, let this not be the staple diet. 

It is arguable whether there is a place for non-expository topical preaching in the church. But I suggest that for the sake of the listener, let this not be a regular snack, let alone the staple diet.

Peter Mead is mentor at Cor Deo and author of several books. He blogs at Biblical Preaching




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