Since I was in Bible College I’ve heard students, teachers, and future Pastors debate the issue of what’s the best way to teach for life change. Those in the Expositional camp site Paul’s exhortation to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20 as the proof text for straight “through the Bible” teaching:
“Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.” (Acts 20:26-27)
The topical camp looks at the fact that Jesus Himself never taught through a book of the Old Testament during His ministry. So who’s right? And even more importantly, what is the responsibility of the local church Pastor? I say, “why not do both?”
Can’t we teach through a book of the Bible, then hit a topical series that the congregation needs to hear? Is teaching a series on marriage, stewardship, or evangelism out of God’s will?
Of course not, and I don’t mean to imply that expositional teachers think this. Let me say, I’m a “through the Bible” guy born and bread. Calvary Chapels as a whole are known for teaching through the whole Bible. I think it’s great.
But I will often mix it up and teach a topical series that I feel is appropriate. I’m teaching a topical series right now.
So don’t pigeonhole yourself into 1 camp or the other.
Allow God to show you what the church needs to hear, and go for it!