Ten Reasons for Expository Preaching by E.K. Bailey

The late Dr. E.K. Bailey, founding pastor of the Concord Church in Dallas, wrote a booklet, entitled, “Ten Reasons for Expository Preaching.”

In this booklet, Dr. Bailey defines expository preaching:

“An expository sermon is a message that focuses on a portion of scripture so as to clearly establish the precise meaning of the text and to poignantly motivate the hearers to actions or attitudes dictated by that text in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Then Bailey gives ten reasons why the church desperately needs expository preaching:

1. Expository preaching creates a Bible-bringing congregation.

2. Expository preaching creates a Bible loving congregation.

3. Expository preaching a Word-conscious congregation.

4. Expository preaching forces the preacher to proclaim the whole counsel of God.

5. Expository preaching arms the people for spiritual warfare.

6. Expository preaching addresses the needs of people, which never occur to the preacher.

7. Expository preaching engenders tremendous interest in what’s coming next (in the text).

8. Expository preaching challenges the spiritual life of the preacher.

9. Expository preaching allows people to hear God’s word and not the preacher’s thoughts.

10. Expository preaching establishes the absolute authority of God’s Word as opposed to situational ethics.


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25 thoughts on “Ten Reasons for Expository Preaching by E.K. Bailey

  1. Taking heed my brother. Time to go deeper in God and His Word. Thank you for sharing this. May God continue to bless your ministry.

  2. I am firm believer in the benefits of expository preaching. I believe it moves the preacher and/or teacher out of the way and allows the Holy Spirit to bring to light God’s holy word.

  3. I personally like 4 and 5, the whole counsel of God cannot be avoided and every subject that a congregation could need to hear will eventually be covered. But I would preface the list with, “Expository teaching has a Scriptural basis, Nehemiah 8.” (they read from the Book, they explained the Book). Topical preaching, which seems to go like this; the book says this, now here’s a bunch of Scripture that proves it. Topical preaching seems more like proof texting to me. Perhaps I’m wrong, but I’ve never heard a topical preacher spend much time in Romans, other than a verse or 2. I love when a pastor goes to chapter 1 verse 1 of a book and says we’re gonna be here until we finish this book.

  4. Point number 5 is one of my favorite view points. Who want to be stuck on the mere concepts of what a man can conjure up. Lets see what God says through his word as it lives and breathes into us. Topical preaching aims at using scripture to defend a man’s point or agenda.

  5. Sent this list to all my favorite preachers (my husband and son)! Thankful for expository preachers who love the Word and open it to our hearts!