When it comes to preaching, I have very strong opinions, AS EVERY PREACHER SHOULD! Anywho, the title of this post is exactly what I want to say. The best preaching advice one can ever give or receive is simple: expository preaching (verse by verse preaching) is the best way to preach. If you want to know what this is, find the “preaching” category below and you won’t have to go far to find posts on it.
Now for the second best advice you can ever give or receive. In seminary, the first thing my preaching professor Dr. Bruce Lowe ever told me was this:
If you say everything, you say nothing.
Let me give you an example: Romans 5:1-2 says this, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Let’s say this is the passage you’ve chosen to preach on, what will you say? You could do one sermon, fully loaded on doctrinal items, going into depths of explanations like this:
How many doctrines are in Romans 5:1-2? “Therefore, having been justified by faith (Justification by Faith alone…), we have peace with God (…Propitiation, Atonement, Substitution, Satisfaction…) through our Lord Jesus Christ (…Christ’s Deity, Eternal Priesthood, and Mediatorial Work…), through Whom (…Sola Christus…) also we have obtained our introduction by faith (… Sola Fide…) into this grace (…Sola Gratia…) in which we stand (…Justification, Perseverance…);and we exult in hope (…Assurance…) of the glory of God (…Soli Deo Gloria…).”
If you were to do this, your people would surely get a head full of true and right doctrine, which is great. But is this beneficial? I don’t think so.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the doctrine I think is wrong, it’s the manner in which you bring it forth to your people. Instead of doing one sermon on all these doctrines, how about doing one sermon on each of these doctrines (making it a sermon series on two Bible verses – awesome!), showing how this verse teaches it? That would be far better, because your people would get deeper into each individual doctrine, and hear how it specifically applies to their lives. This is far better of an option in preaching because…
…if you say everything, you say nothing.