The Savior's Solemn Groan
Our passion at Olive Tree Christian Resources is to take full advantage of every opportunity to proclaim and protect the life-changing truths God has revealed to us in His Word, the Bible. Our prayer is that many will embrace the glorious truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and, with the help of in-depth Bible teaching, grow in their faith and love for Him.
Fifteen Ways to Be Banished to an Island of Spiritual Infancy
The Christian life is very demanding. Even with our new nature and the power of the indwelling Spirit, we find ourselves swimming against the current of this world—and sometimes relaxing, allowing the world to take us where it will. When this happens, we succumb to the power of our enemies within and without: the flesh and the world—enemies few understand. Those who fall prey to these adversaries are described as “men of flesh . . . babes in Christ” who have received the “milk” of elementary gospel doctrine, but because they continue to think and live as they did before they believed in Christ they are unable to digest the “solid food” of the deeper doctrines of a gospel centered life (1 Cor. 3:1-3a). To be sure, “solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Heb. 5:14).
The purpose of this expositional series is to not only expose the character of spiritual immaturity and how it is nurtured in our lives and churches, but also to offer “solid food” to help us “grow up in all aspects into (Christ)” (Eph. 4:15b). We invite you to join us as we examine these very practical and timely issues that are so crucial in growing us into the likeness of our precious Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
". . . we exist to equip the saints through expository preaching, teaching . . ."
Saints cannot be equipped for godly living and service apart from precise theology (Ephesians 4:11-16). This is the goal of expository preaching and teaching. The term "exposit" literally means to expound or explain in a detailed manner. Expository preaching is therefore a doctrinal proclamation of the Word of God derived from an exegetical process that is concerned only with the revelation of God, not the wisdom of man, and therefore carefully conveys the God-intended meaning of a text, passionately applying that meaning to the contemporary issues of life with an internal zeal and authority that cannot be extinguished.
Although this kind of preaching and teaching is rare in contemporary evangelicalism, since this was the method exemplified in the Bible (Neh. 8:8; Acts 7:2-53; 8:27-35; 20:26-27; Luke 4:16-22; 24:27, 32, 44-47), and since we have a divine mandate to "preach the Word" (2 Timothy 4:2), we believe that this is the God ordained method and we remain committed to it.Read more...
It is my contention that all true Christian preaching is expository preaching. Of course if by an 'expository' sermon is meant a verse-by-verse explanation of a lengthy passage of Scripture, then indeed it is only one possible way of preaching, but this would be a misuse of the word. Properly speaking, 'exposition' has a much broader meaning. It refers to the content of the sermon (biblical truth) rather than its style (a running commentary). To expound Scripture is to bring out of the text what is there and expose it to view. The expositor pries open what appears to be closed, makes plain what is obscure, unravels what is knotted and unfolds what is tightly packed. The opposite of exposition is 'imposition', which is to impose on the text what is not there. But the 'text' in question could be a verse, or a sentence, or even a single word. It could equally be a paragraph, or a chapter, or a whole book. The size of the text is immaterial, so long as it is biblical. What matters is what we do with it. Whether it is long or short, our responsibility as expositors is to open it up in such a way that it speaks its message clearly, plainly, accurately, relevantly, without addition, subtraction or falsification. In expository preaching the biblical text is neither a conventional introduction to a sermon on a largely different theme, nor a convenient peg on which to hang a ragbag of miscellaneous thoughts, but a master which dictates and controls what is said.
John R. W. Stott
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