Suggestions for Expositional Preaching of Old Testament Narrative

David C. Deuel | August 25, 2009

A large and significant part of the Bible is devoted to sections of narrative literature, also referred to as “story.” The advantages of preaching from this type of passage have not been fully realized because preachers have not preached the sections just as they are in the text. Advantages to be capitalized on include the intrinsic interest involved in such stories, the patterned nature of the stories, the timeless truths illustrated in the stories, and the way the stories lend themselves to easy application. Yet certain precautions are necessary in preaching narrative sections. An artificial structure must not be imposed on them. They must not be used solely as a resource of illustrations for the rest of the Bible. They are not just examples of obeying or disobeying God’s law. By observing these guidelines and precautions, the expository preacher can utilize narrative sections to great advantage in his preaching.

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