Which is the best preaching style: textual, topical, or expository?
For me, it’s a trick question.
The best preaching style is proclamatory.*
I believe Jesus’ preaching style is best described as proclamational.**
That’s what He did when He preached. He proclaimed:
And He left the instruction: “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.”
So His followers did.
They proclaimed in Jesus the resurrection of the dead; the good news that Jesus is the Christ; the word of the Lord; through Jesus the forgiveness of sins; to pagans, the worship of an unknown God; to Christians, the whole will of God; the word of faith; the gospel of God; the gospel of Christ; the testimony about God; the Lord’s death until He comes; the mystery of Christ; the word of life, eternal life.
Cheap scholarship, I know: Googling the word “proclaim” on BibleGateway.com. You could have done it yourself. (You still can. Try it!)
But look at those verse excerpts again, first.
These truths weren’t just preached. They were proclaimed.
Look at those definitions again, too.
Announce. Declare. State. Affirm. Extol. Praise. Glorify. Honor. Cry out. Call forth.
Officially. Ostentatiously. Publicly. Openly. Conspicuously. Solemnly. Formally.
Maybe more souls would be drawn to Christ if we did less preaching and more proclaiming.
*Now there’s a word you won’t find many examples of by Googling it!
**You’ll find that word even less often on Google. I think it may be one of those “sniglet-ish” words.