What does that mean?
The preacher is limited as to his own resources what he bring to bear on the message he wants to present. You should not try to sell the bearskin before you catch the bear. Especially in trying to exert the message forcefully and effectively on those who hear you speak.
The Bible-expositor is not an entertainer -oriented preacher. Whereas the entertainment -oriented speaker has a strong and continued inclination for adding decorative touches to his ideas with some Bible, but mostly he fills his talking with what he thinks would be more effective and forceful to those who hear him speak.
Whereas the Bible -expositor is tied to the Bible. He
is not free to think and speak whatever might enter his mind or what might be pleasing to any given audience- except God.
The Bible-expositor is not the focus point of the sermon, the audience does not come away from the sermon and say "He said more about himself than anything else."
What the Bible-expositor is not:
- The Bible-expositor does not give the impression that what HE says has any significances.
- The Bible-expositor is not have the freedom to talk with his charm and ease of manner to get across his message.
- The Bible-expositor is not one who is more at ease speaking about things that are not drdawn out of the Bible.
- The Bible-expositor is not one who is enteraining with his jokes, and who tries to frame his words and manner of speaking that are fun to listen to.
HERE IS WHAT A BIBLE-EXPOSITOR IS:
- The Bible-expositor sees himself as God's representative to God's people to deliver a message from God.
- The Bible-expositor understands that that he is under the authority of the Bible and his position is as a servant.
- The Bible-expositor understands that the only way he can deliver God's message to God's people is by getting to the meaning of God's Word. Saturating the message, to fill the sermon competely with scripture, as to show its God's revelation to them.
- The Bible-expositor wants the audience to realize that his words, if there is any value in them that will permeate the heart to make change of life, mind and thinking are in accord with God's word. He does not want the audience to come away with "That was a good idea that the pastor had." But rather "That is what the Bible has said."
- The Bible-expositor tries not to go beyond the bounds of the Scriptures. If the Bible text cannot demonstrate the points presented he says away from it.
- The Bible-expositor has an hesitancy, or reluctance, and unwillingness to give stories and illustrations and jokes and comments that are not restricted to, and are not forced into the message in an unnatural or strained manner that is not based on and expressive of what the Bible says.
The power is found not in the preacher but in the Word of God. As MacArthur brings the Word, the message is not Whisnant's or MacArthur’s or Piper's wisdom but God’s. As we preach, we need to stick to the text.