It was a number of years ago, but I still remember the conversation. I asked a fellow pastor how he interpreted the Book of Revelation. I expected a simple response like, “I take it literally and understand it to be a description of future prophetic events.” Instead, he casually admitted that he did not know how to understand the last book in the Bible. In fact, he gave me the impression that he didn’t really think it was that important.
Be Diligent to Present Yourself Approved to God 2 Tim. 2:15a
I had been preaching for a couple of years whenever I was invited to do so. And everyone was very appreciative and complimentary. Looking back, I realize that they may not have been completely honest. As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t know what I was doing. Worse yet, I didn’t realize that I didn’t know what I was doing. Fortunately, I did know that I needed some further training of some kind. My first semester in seminary I was placed into a homiletics class. Homiletics, as I had to learn, referred to the art of preaching. I figured it couldn’t be too difficult. After all, I had been preaching for a while.
I began preaching in my early twenties. Needless to say, I didn’t know what I was doing, but I loved it. It all began when the campus ministry in which I was involved was asked to provide three speakers to speak for about 10 minutes each at a local church one Sunday morning. I don’t know why I was chosen by the leadership committee to be one of the three to speak. Perhaps they didn’t know me very well. Public speaking was the one thing I dreaded most. I had always dreaded giving oral book reports in school. I never wanted to be in a school play. I became nervous at the very mention of a Christmas program at church.
There are many men who have been called to preach God’s Word, but they have not had the opportunity to learn the art of expository preaching. Perhaps they have not been able to attend a Bible college or seminary due to some prohibiting factor. Many others have taken their training online and have not been exposed to hands-on mentoring in the art of expository preaching. It is primarily for these men that I have written. However, others that already preach expository messages may find it helpful for review and evaluation.