At New Beginning Baptist Church – we believe in Expository Preaching.
Expository preaching, also known as expositional preaching, is a form of preaching that details the meaning of a particular text or passage of Scripture. It explains what the Bible means by what it says. Exegesis is technical and grammatical exposition, a careful drawing out of the exact meaning of a passage in its original context.
We need to limit our interpretation to the information provided in the Scripture and be careful of reading into it anything that is not there. We need to be careful to exegete Scripture, and careful not to do any eisegeses to any portion of Scripture.
Exegesis can be described as or compared to archaeological excavation – you are digging into the Scripture to carefully pull out what is in the Scripture and nothing more. You are careful not to damage any Scripture, not to twist any Scripture – your goal is to get out of the passage of Scripture what God put into it, and nothing more.
Eisegeses is spelled with an “I” as the second letter in it. And that is a good way to remember what eisegeses is – it is putting yourself, your opinions, your biases, your preferences into the Scripture and then teaching and preaching them as if they are part of that Scripture. It is commonly referred to as reading into the text something that is not there, while exegesis is pulling out of the text what is there and keeping yourself out of it.
Exegesis is what we strive for here at NBBC. That is what I strive for in my preaching and teaching. We all are human, no one will ever be perfect at exegesis – but perfection should be the standard we strive for, aim for, and pray for week in and week out in our preaching and teaching.