The Pro’s and Con’s of a student preacher can be very nerve wrecking because of the responsibility of following through with every “I dotted and every “T” crossed. When writing, preaching and teaching the Word of God it can become very intimidating to anyone who desires to follow in a league of skillful preachers, pastors and teachers. How can you be original when it appears all of the apparent techniques have been discovered? Speaking of technique, how should a student preacher apply everything they ever learned from a Bible seminary? These are questions for many students of the Bible. How do I represent God and still reach the lost souls of our generation and at the same time feed the Believers of Christ so they won’t starve to death? Either way we must trust what we have learned to impact everyone who God has given to us to reach. Students of the Word must believe that God has given them a sermon to impact the lives of many. The main factor is we must learn to understand the basic principles of Expository, Topical and Textual preaching. It will serve as a safety net for any student preacher to follow. This safety net will help them become fisher of men to reach their congregation, the lost and the world as well as to become builders in the Kingdom of God.
The Difference between Expository, Topical and Textual Preaching
The difference between Expository, Topical and Textual preaching is very easy to understand once you see the difference of how each method. Each method will allow you to bring a sermon to based on your audience needs and understanding. Also each method can be bring God’s glory to the people who are listening and learning from you. Expository preaching is the method of using a short passage and building your sermon around it. It should be example of a short paragraph. It will compliment the theme of your message and help your audience follow along with you. You can add other scriptures but they are only there to support your main text. When using Topical Preaching method you are using a topical message where a preacher or teacher uses passages to support a theory about a particular topic. This is great when you need to drive the revelation God has given you to share with your audience. This method is also good when you bringing clarity for the season the church may be “heading into or coming out of.” Next is the textual preaching. This method is probably the easiest to use and may be greatly used when you required to bring a short sermon based on time. In many cases the student in training may be ask to bring a sermon with a particular verse or text from their teacher to expound on and bring a short message. For example; a singular passage from the Holy Bible is used to help jump from point to point to discuss a certain view point. All of us at one time or another have seen or heard this used with II Chronicles 7:14; “repent and turn back to God so everyone can be healed.” Now after receiving the simple methods of...