#3-Top Ten Things I Learned in Seminary – Biblical Exegesis and Hermeneutics are Essential to Biblical Preaching and Teaching.
2Tim. 4:1-5 I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: Preach the message, be ready whether it is convenient or not, reprove, rebuke, exhort with complete patience and instruction. For there will be a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. Instead, following their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves, because they have an insatiable curiosity to hear new things. And they will turn away from hearing the truth, but on the other hand they will turn aside to myths. You, however, be self-controlled in all things, endure hardship, do an evangelist’s work, fulfill your ministry.
The Third Learning that I am walking away from Seminary with is that we need to be faithful to the Bible. Meaning we need to be able to Exegete and apply appropriate Hermeneutics (inductive Bible Study for example).
Exegesis is: critical explanation and interpretation of the Biblical Text.
Hermeneutics is: The methodology of Biblical Study, especially reading each text in its context. Being historically accurate and using that understanding to apply it to our lives.
A great text that I have used to expose and analyze what preachers and teachers (and what I say) is true and rightly dividing the word of truth is: Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson.
Unfortunately, this task is not taken as seriously as it should in many pulpits.
- Political Correctness has replaced truth,
- feelings have replaced facts and
- cute catch phrases have replaced content in the church
Our charge, however, is to fulfill the duties of our ministry in Preaching the Word.