Jesus and Preaching Style

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:

Justice to the nations. Good news to the poor. Freedom for the prisoners. Sight for the blind. Release for the oppressed. The year of the Lord’s favor. The kingdom of God.

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.

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8 thoughts on “Jesus and Preaching Style

  1. Excellent thoughts Keith. We do get so caught up in the style of preaching (I am an expository fan). I love the idea, and how true it is, that Jesus’ style was that of proclamation!

  2. Matthew 7:28-29 (King James Version) 28And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.It seems to me that what Matthew records here is what you refer to as “proclamatory” style–which we’d be unable to imitate for obvious reasons.Steve

  3. Yeah, Steve, the authority would be His for sure – and not our own – but I think John the Baptist before Him and the apostles after Him managed to <>proclaim<> Him in a bold way.

  4. Another year! Hope it’s been amazing! I pray that today, and <>everyday<>, you are even <>half<> as blessed as I have been by you and your words, your wisdom, and your willingness to share your heart. Happy Birthday! Hope it’s a good one! Much love–mmlace

  5. Okay, that posted w/a 7/13 date, but it is SO TOTALLY after midnight right now, which would technically make it 7/14…so that counts, right???

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