It doesn’t have to be Romans. That just happens to be the book that we are working through currently at the church I pastor. It could be Genesis…or Matthew…or Isaiah (gasp!!). My point is, have you, as a pastor, made it a regular part of the teaching ministry of the church to teach through books? The majority of churches today have never had a verse-by-verse study through a book by their pastor. But why? That’s the way God gave us the Bible. The Bible isn’t a book of one-line quotations. The Bible is a collection of 66 individual books each full of useful information delivered to us by the Holy Spirit through the hand of a human author. All of these books have their own human author (the Holy Spirit being the actual Author)…their own audience…their own setting…their own context…their own message. We need to be like Ezra and those who helped him. “They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.” (Nehemiah 8:8). This is a basic definition of expository preaching. And it should be the foundation of every sermon we preach.
Todd Bryant is the Lead Elder at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Northport, AL. He has pastored there since 1998. For more more information on the church and links to audio sermons and apps for electronic devices, visit www.sovereigngrace.net