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10 Things You Should Know about the Demise of Expository Preaching

June 19, 2017 | by: Sam Storms| 21 Comments



Jun 24, 2017

Most pastors know that christiansilly know the word of God , that's what bible study is for to dig deeper I to the word of God n know more n more. But a sermon should elaborate on subjects of his word in today n what was told when Jesus walked the earth. To go over n over n over the same scriptures year after year leaves the church members thirsting for more..... thx for this article....we need to know more about repentance n what the Holy Spirit that Jesus left us inside when he left to be with his father to guide us in our everyday lives <3 Amen! Still miss you Pastor Steve


Jun 24, 2017

Hallelujah to every point. I have been sold on this style of preaching for some time. But since our son, a member at Bridgeway Church put me on to Sam Storms preaching, my wife and I have followed series after series and are sold on it with the occasional exceptions for special times. We just recently finished a series on Romans 12 that took us 12 months to go through the chapter and really could have used another month.

Joseph Ewen

Jun 23, 2017

Great article. So true.

Matt Larson (former student)

Jun 23, 2017

Great article Dr. Storms. I agree with your concerns. I find great hope and encouragement with the expository approach that Len Sweet and Doug Witherup are championing. It utilizes the art of Story. In "trusting the story" the preacher can discover and communicate gospel to a post modern world.
Yes culture is increasingly at odds with Biblical teaching and preaching, and it will surely increase in that regard. Perhaps if preachers use the methods that Jesus used "story telling" there will be many who will have ears to hear.

Edna Hammock

Jun 23, 2017

This is why I love my expository Jimmy Swaggart Bible. It will change how you study and is the most wonderful tool I have found!!

Charlene Zervas

Jun 22, 2017

The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit,and joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thought and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
We are called to preach the word. By it hearts are enlivened to God, set free, healed, directed, delivered. Preach it, speak it, pray it OFTEN. Holy Spirit shows us how to humbly and creatively deliver it. Studying to show yourself approved unto God a workman that needs not be ashamed.

Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary use words
Saint Francis of Asisi

Steven Ingino

Jun 22, 2017

An exceptional article! I'd only suggest adding that social media has significantly reduced people's attention spans. Andy Crouch's book on technology touches on this. People are so distracted today with every beep and buzz on their phone that they have lost their appetite for God and an ability to give one's attention to God in prayer and in study throughout the day. "Better to check Facebook than read the Bible" is how many Christians operate. Our phones are rewiring our brains, causing us to seek constant stimulation and approval (how many likes on my post?). When people use their smartphone to read the Bible in church they often drift into reading emails and texts and social media. I think it's wise to suggest that people bring their Bible and not rely on the phone in service. Too many distractions. Bottom line: people can hardly give attention to expository preaching because their attention span and affections have been affected by modern technology.

Ben Thorp

Jun 22, 2017

Great article. One thing I think you missed (although it's possibly a root cause of 7, 9 and 10) is that people have misunderstood *why* we preach. Preaching has become a method of merely teaching - transmitting information - and because we are beginning to understand that it's not the method of teaching that most people respond to, we have lost confidence in preaching itself.

Too many evangelical preachers have been brought up on "what impact will this have on Monday morning?" being the key question that drives their sermon prep, whereas I think Edwards had it right when he said that the "main benefit obtained by preaching is by an impression made upon the mind at the time" - the impact of the preached Word on the hearts of people.


Jun 21, 2017

I LOVE this so much! One of my favorite lines is: "Many are paralyzed by the unwarranted fear that too much of the Word of God will eventually quench the Spirit of God. Pause for a moment and reflect on the absurdity of such a thought!" May God grace his people to go for the word!


Jun 21, 2017

Excellent article!

RDr. Randall Odom

Jun 21, 2017

Thank you pastor Pressley for sharing Sam Storm's excellent insights into the reasons that ex positional preaching has virtually been abandoned in the modern American church. Only a wholehearted ongoing practice of expositional preaching will please and glorify God, equip the saints for godly living -personal apologetics-and the successful tteacing of our children in the truth of God while they are being bombarded with artistic and Celtic influences, etc.Thank you for sharing these thoughts and for personally practicing expository preaching in your church and ministry. God be praised!


Jun 20, 2017

Jeremiah 23:28-29 would be another good place to read...probably the whole chapter about false prophets and shepherds.

doug sayers

Jun 20, 2017

Thanks Sam, good points but the indictments would pack more punch if you offered some quotes / examples of what is being criticized.

Michael Boys

Jun 20, 2017

Thanks, Sam. Great and challenging thoughts that can't be repeated often enough.

Matt Fogle

Jun 20, 2017

Wow! So we'll thought out and helpful, thank you! Sharing this with the young preachers I share life with.

Joshua Skogerboe

Jun 20, 2017

These are excellent, and I heartily agree. May preachers be encouraged to preach the Word, because it is the Word of God that is the supernatural power to change lives. For eternity. To God be the glory, and courage to his heralds.

Mike P

Jun 20, 2017


I enjoyed your article. I especially relate to points 6 and 8. Even as a Chaplain I rarely preached "topical" sermons which was surprising to for most of the inmates. Another issue was their desire to spend 45 of the 65 minutes 'worshiping', i.e. signing. When I first introduced the Regulatory Principles of Worship to them you would of thought I was from another planet.

Marla Guy

Jun 20, 2017

Thank you for sharing. I agree. It is troubling and yet fully verifies the word of God. GOD be praised. He is ruler of all. It is so necessary to cling to Him to exist.

Alan G Baker

Jun 20, 2017

Outstanding commentary and on point! Thank you Pastor Storms.


Jun 20, 2017

It's a good list. I'm on this side. But I'd also put forward another. Some studious pastors don't make the effort to communicate in a way people will hear and understand. They make powerful truths very boring and uninteresting. We can be as lazy in this regard as others are about studying. And then the great work of exegesis is not fully utilized. I'm not talking about trying to use manipulative communication techniques but making the effort to speak the truths of the passage in a way that's recognizable and compelling to the average person. Heralding truth is not reading a study outline.


Jun 19, 2017

Amen to these 10 points. Might I add number 11 in jest. The ushers forget to pick up the earplugs after the music and before the preaching.............................

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