What is Expository Preaching?
One of the things we love at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni is Expository Preaching (to see other things we love click here). Expository Preaching makes the main point of a passage of Scripture the main point of the sermon. It uncovers, explains and then applies the intended meaning of a passage.
How do we go about Expository Preaching?
For a start we work through books of the Bible during our morning and evening services at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni (Interested in visiting us? Click here for visitor information).
Over the last few years we’ve worked through God’s Heart for Missions in Jonah, The End of the World in Zephaniah, The Story of the Church in Acts and God’s Message to the Church in Revelation 1-3. We’re currently going through Believe! in John’s Gospel in the mornings and A Letter to a Messed up Church in 1 Corinthians in the evenings.
Why is Expository Preaching so Important?
- Expository preaching demonstrates proper handling of God’s Word to the congregation.
- By preaching consistently through a book the preacher and congregation have the benefit of building each week on the content from the week before
- The preacher is guarded from Scriptural neglect
- Expository preaching balances the message from theological overemphasis.
What Does Expository Preaching Look Like?
Let me give you an example. In Matthew 13:3-8 Jesus gave the Parable of the Sower. In it He talks about a man who sows seed on four types of soil, three yield no crop and one produces an abundant harvest.
The text obviously isn’t primarily about farming. And it’s definitely not, as I once heard a prosperity preacher teach, about giving (sowing and reaping). It isn’t even primarily about evangelism, however that may be a sub point.
The main point of the text is that salvation looks like something, it produces a fruitful harvest in the life of a person who truly believes (as explained by Jesus in Matthew 13:18-23). That would then be the main point of the sermon.
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Crystal Park Baptist Church Regular Preachers
Mark serves as a full time elder focusing on teaching. He is married to Liezl and has three children, Kaitlyn, Kathryn and Thomas. Mark was saved in the 90’s in Midrand Chapel, Gauteng. He previously served as an elder at Midrand Chapel and was sent out from that church as a missionary in 2010. Mark studies theology at the Baptist Theological College. He became an elder at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni in 2010.
Gideon serves as a full time elder focusing on missions. He is married to Chiletso and has a child, Jeremiah. Gideon was saved in 2002 in Lilongwe, Malawi. He previously served as a missionary with Capital City Baptist Church, Lilongwe and came to South Africa to study at the William Carey School of Missions and later Christ Seminary. Gideon is a graduate from Christ Seminary. He became an elder at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni in 2012
Craig is an elder focusing on evangelism. He is married to Cindy and has four children, Aiden, Natalie, Andrew and Cian. Craig was saved in 2004 in Johanesburg, Gauteng. He previously served as an elder at Northmead Baptist Church, Benoni. Craig studies theology at the Baptist Theological College. He became an elder at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni in 2014.
Dave is an elder focusing on small groups. He is married to Carol and they have seven children, Iain, Matthew, Daniel, Paul, Melissa, Sarah and Michael. Dave was saved in the 70’s in Bullowalo, Zimbabwe. He worked at the Emmaus Bible College, Chicago and came to South Africa as a missionary in the 80’s serving the Brethren church movement. Dave became an elder at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni in 2016.
Menzi is a deacon coordinating our mercy ministry. Menzi was saved in high school and soon after began attending Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni. After school we sent him out as a missionary for two years to strengthen and encourage full-time missionaries in Sub Saharan Africa. For the last two years Menzi has been studying theology through Christ Seminary and interning at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni.