July 11, 2017 at 16:13
Wally, I’m both an expository AND topical listener!!! But I’m partial to listening to expository preaching. I just love when a Spirit-filled preacher can expound on a single verse for an hour, oftentimes a verse I’ve read twenty times before but never got the depth of its meaning.
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July 11, 2017 at 16:17
I do prefer expository preaching myself Tom. That thought got planted by my friend Todd Friel LOL, he was talking about people being prepared to be taught the Word of God, just like a preacher or teacher prepares to teach it. I thought it was a good point. In this case, he was sort of referring to listeners doing a verse by verse fact check behind their teachers. That is how I do a lot of my studying actually, is rehashing sermons and checking out what I got told. I am a compulsive note taker.
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July 11, 2017 at 16:22
The pastor of our church does both expository and topical. I also really enjoy digging deep into the Word. Most of the time we’re just grazing the surface.
July 11, 2017 at 16:27
Topical is okay….sometimes. My pastor is awful at it LOL. But he is a good expositor. But, he gets a topic and meanders off topic…..expositing lol
July 11, 2017 at 16:47
Great thought! Going prepared to listen and learn!
July 11, 2017 at 17:09
Exactly. Thanks for your perception in getting that. Sometimes we put the entire burden for our learning on those who teach us, but we ought to be ready to hear!
July 11, 2017 at 16:50
Used to think I liked topical, but I have noticed that our expository pastor tends to hit the areas that need addressed in my life, no matter the scripture. Amazing how, all scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16) Blessings friend!
July 11, 2017 at 17:10
I totally agree with what you have said Karisa. If a pastor just goes verse by verse, he will speak to somebody!
July 12, 2017 at 13:05
This is good! When I was younger and before I became a pastor I remember there were some people I know who were always judgmental on preachers on whether or not they were “expositional” but then their life didn’t show it changed them. The term “expositional listener” is so approrpriate of what we also need to be when we hear the Word of God being preached!
July 12, 2017 at 13:15
Well, it actually was part of a conversation I heard Todd Friel having on Way of the Master Radio. It really struck me. His real point was not only do we need to be listening, but studying and preparing ourselves ahead of time, and finally fact checking so to speak the things we are taught. My own pastor exhorts us to do just that. One of the first things I remember him saying was to never believe it just because he said it.
July 12, 2017 at 13:17
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