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What Is Expository Preaching?


Our church is committed to expository preaching or the systematic exposition of Scripture.  Put simply, expository preaching is the teaching and explaining of God's Word:

1) according to the literal interpretation of each passage of Scripture,

2) integrating the study of passages in their original language,

3) exercising awareness of each author's unique word choices and grammatical contexts,


4) considering the historical contexts, settings, and original audience in which and to which the passages and books were written.

We believe that God intended a single and specific meaning and interpretation for each verse in the Bible.  The application of His Word according to its intended meaning is universal and encompassing of all areas in our lives.

At GBC Gainesville, we are invested in verse-by-verse Biblical exposition.  However, while expository preaching is oftentimes used interchangeably with "verse-by-verse" preaching, it is important to recognize that the 2 are not the same.  Expository preaching includes verse-by-verse and topical preaching, as well as sermons that incorporate various passages of Scripture.  What is common among these different types of sermons is that the same approach to the handling, study, and interpretation of God's Word according its literal, grammatical, and historical contexts is applied.

The consistent application of Biblical exposition described above, when applied to every single verse in Scripture, ensures the accurate interpretation of God's Word, validates the historical accuracy of the Bible, validates the consistency of the Bible, and unfolds the richness and depth of Scripture that God intends it to have in our lives (Neh. 8:8; John 8:31; Acts 20:27; 2 Tim. 2:15; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Heb. 4:12).