This semester at school I am taking Biblical Exposition, which has got me thinking about preaching in general and whether it is necessary for the church today. First, some of you are probably wondering what the heck "Expositional Preaching" is to begin with. Biblical Exposition would be the way in which one delivers the sermon. Mark Dever says, "Expositional preaching is not simply producing a verbal commentary on some passage of Scripture. Rather, it is preaching which takes for the point of a sermon the point of a particular passage of Scripture."
So, the question remains, is preaching really necessary today? Many today have neglected preaching in the church instead for something else. Some have substituted preaching instead to seek more signs and wonders. Some of the emerging types have substituted preaching for an open round table discussion, where there is really no "truth" but all options are viable as long as it is considered in love. Then you have others, such as Mark Dever, who believe that Expositional Preaching is the first sign of a healthy church and that if you miss that mark then you are likely to miss all the others. So, who is right? Do we see preaching as we think about it practiced in Scripture? Did Jesus preach amongst all the signs and wonders? My plan is to answer this question and explore it in more detail in the next post, but for now feel free to jump in with your stance and the reason behind it.