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The Hermeneutical Distinctives of Expository Preaching

David Jackman

: o one can seek to be a preacher of God’s Word on a regular basis today without becoming acutely conscious of the cultural barri- ers, challenges, and constraints of our contemporary culture. As the tide of anti-Christian secularism appears to be assuming tsunami proportions, all Bible preachers are made supremely aware of our own inadequacies, vulnerability, and weakness, no matter how apparently fruitful and outwardly effective those ministries may be. It would be tempting to imagine that we are called to preach at a particularly dif- ficult time in the church’s history, or that God can only use men of prodigious talent in the face of such overwhelming opposition. But we would be wrong. There is indeed “nothing new under the sun.”

Expository Preaching: The Difficulty of the Task

In 1592, William Perkins, an English Puritan scholar-pastor and a fel- low of Christ’s College, Cambridge, wrote a book entitled The Art of Prophesying. Only thirty-four years of age, Perkins lamented the scarcity of true biblical ministers—a truth that he claimed was self-evident from the experience of all ages. His complaint was that few men of quality

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