Ok, so this is not intended to be a full-on defense of expositional preaching nor a total bash of topical preaching. This is just a few thoughts on the matter.
Expositional preaching is the term for preaching that moves thru the scriptures systematically text by text. The aim is to bring to light what each verse, chapter and passage are intending on communicating. This method is over and against topical preaching in which a topic is selected and all the verses related to that are discussed.
There is a time and a place for topical preaching I believe. But in our modern day where there are more heresies in our churches than hairs on the collective neighborhood’s heads the need to allow the bible to speak for itself is very evident. As we preach systematically thru the word the topics we need to address will be. But also the “other” verses, the ones we usually dont hear preached on, are brought out. The whole teaching of the word, beginning to end, is what we hear, rather than what our preacher decides to speak on. Not to question our pastors; they have a high calling and are to be honored. But to allow God to speak for Himself both is most faithful to His word and takes the weight off of our pastors shoulders to “fix” us by addressing what we perceive to be our needs.
Viva la Expositional Preaching!!!