Is Topical Preaching Good?

Topical preaching is definitely in style today within most American churches. The word lectionary is considered an anachronism and most pastors cannot elucidate the term expositional preaching. The consequences of this are sermons that tend to expound the pastor’s opinion as opposed to God’s revealed truth. This is not to say, however, that there is no place for topical preaching.

“I do not approve of the method whereby you take a subject like ‘spiritual depression’ and then think and work it out for yourself, and then look for texts which will be convenient pegs on which to hang these thoughts of yours on the subject. That is what I am opposing. The matter should always be derived from the Scriptures, it should always be expository.”(D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers(Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1972), 196)


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