Expositional preaching allows the hearers to understand the big picture of not only the book, but the entire Bible.
The mindset of “this is how we do things” or “this is what we’ve always done it” is not equal to or substitute to ‘thus saith the Lord.’ And any believer, church, or denomination who falls into that snare sets themselves up for spiritual apostacy and be already be engaging in gross idolatry as they equate tradition with God. Preference over God’s priority; Comfort over Commandment; tradition over Biblical conviction.
“Jesus’ and Paul’s harshest words were for false teachers. They showed compassion to the sinners and those outside of saving knowledge of Christ; yet would quickly sternly rebuke anyone who sought to twist the truths of God for personal gain (Matt. 23, Gal. 1, 2 Peter 2:1-3). Through all of this, a major theme appears, and reappears, to those who are discerning enough to heed the warnings both then and now: there are wolves among us. “
We suffer from short attention spans. Research is beginning to show that because our culture is so used to multi-tasking and having their minds go in 100 different directions, it’s difficult for people to slow down, think deeply, and intellectually engage something for long periods of time. Studies show the surprising reality that people who take notes not only stay engaged with a speaker, but helps them to digest what’s being heard better
Like any relationship, it’s important to communicate and make ourselves available to one another. Let me just say how great it’s been in our brief time together getting to know you and I certainly want to continue in that process! One of my favorite parts about ministry is getting to know people and building relationships.