412D Expository Teaching and Preaching--Topical Studies
Prerequisites: 101A and B
One common misnomer is that topical teaching or preaching is not expository. The stereotype that many have is that the teacher or preacher must expound on a single chapter or passage from the Bible for the message to be expository. Nothing could be further from the truth. The first component of expository preaching is that the sermon must be based on the Bible. While such a statement is self-evident, it is necessary to state. Teaching or preaching is moving further and further from the Bible. The second component of exposition is that the message must be exegetically sound. A major objective of the teacher or preacher is to convey to the hearers what the Word of God has to say about a particular topic with accuracy. The third component of exposition is that there has to be a controlling idea or theme.
Topical presentation must comprise all these elements in order for the message to be expository. The advantage of topical teaching or preaching is that it allows the messenger to conflate in a systematic fashion a number of passages that relate to the topic being presented. This approach enables the speaker to address issues that may be peculiarly urgent to the congregation. This course is both a study and a practicum in topical exposition.
NOTE: Students who missed any two of the four courses, 413A–D, offered in 2017–18 can complete 412C and 412D and substitute these two courses to complete and earn the Expository Teaching and Preaching the Bible Diploma.
101A and B