8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Expositional Preaching” by David Helm

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Anyways, here are my favorite quotes from the book, Expositional Preaching by David Helm published by Crossway. If you like these quotes, please get a copy of the book by clicking here.


“Knowing the historical and literary contexts can change everything for you. Good biblical expositors allow these contexts to control the meaning of the text. “


” If you want to be a good biblical expositor,you need to discipline yourself to put your eye on the original hearers first. This will keep you from distorting the shape of your text and help you to see what the Holy Spirit intends for your congregation.”

“The discipline of biblical theology is a necessary part of preaching because it prevents merely intellectual or moralistic preaching. To put that positively, it brings you—legitimately—to the heart of the Christian gospel from particular texts in the Bible, just as Jesus demonstrates in relating all the Scriptures to himself in Luke 24. It keeps the main thing the main thing. “


“if you want to become a biblical expositor, know this: a prerequisite for preaching is a growing and godly passion for people. Learn to know and love the audience God has given you.”


“Biblical expositors are not pining away intheir studies searching for ways to bring relevancy to their message. They don’t need to. The Bible is relevant. Rather, they draw out the implications and applications that are already there in the text in ways that make sense for the culture the church is embedded in.”

“The preacher can better serve his people with his eyes open and his face planted in the text.The key to remember is this: applications for your message are always connected to the heart of the biblical text.”


“Nothing will prepare you to make connections better than having a deep and internal knowledge of the whole Bible. Make it a habit to read through the Scriptures regularly and prayerfully.”


“What is theological reflection? In simple terms, it is a rigorous and prayerful discipline of taking the time to meditate on my text and how it relates to God’s plan of redemption. It is an exercise that asks how my passage relates to the Bible as a whole, especially to the saving acts of God in Jesus.”

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