Expositional or Topical?


Since we do get this question/comment a lot at Watermark, I thought I’d go ahead and post this email exchange from a question we received on our website out on the blog for more to see.  May we all be faithful vessels of God’s truth and communicate it clearly, boldly, and without hesitation!

Question: I came to your service Sunday November 4th and enjoyed it, but (Don’t you hate But) – I also looked on your web site nd noticed that you have no Verse by verse teaching through books of the Bible. I was hoping to find verse by verse teaching. Since Todd went to DTS – I assume he studies lead him to the Original Greek and Hebrew and would teach verse by verse from the original languages. If I am wrong please let me know. Thank you.

From: pastoraloffice
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 3:32 PM
To: Xxxxx Xxx
Cc: Scott Michael
Subject: RE: WATERMARK CHURCH :: Contact Form Response

Xxxxx…thanks for your question. At Watermark, we don’t consider teaching verse-by-verse any more instructional than topically, or vice versa.  As I know you know…we are to “preach the word in season and out of season”, not verse by verse.  We are to teach “the whole counsel of God” and teach others “to obey all that our Lord has commanded” but that doesn’t have to come verse by verse.  We are to “work hard so we can present ourselves to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth”…not being consumed with it being necessarily “verse by verse”.

As I have said many times,  I consistently get two main complaints on Sunday…1.)  we do too much expositional “verse by verse” teaching and 2.) we don’t teach “verse by verse” enough.  Amazing how people form perceptions/opinions!

Currently we are in the middle of tackling John “verse by verse”, finishing my 44th message on John a few Sundays ago as I wrapped up John 12.   You can find past messages  at watermark.org/media. The John series is titled “The Visible Image”.  Hope you get a chance to go back and listen!  We are starting John 13 on Sunday, and I hope you get the chance to visit with us again.  You will also find numerous other books of the bible that I have taught through from beginning to end. Mark, Obadiah, Colossians, Galatians, Ephesians, Malachi just to name a few.  Dig in!

If you are interested in my take on seminary/DTS, you can check out: http://watermarkblogs.org/wordsfromwags/category/should-i-go-to-seminary-and-what-about-dts/  .

Thanks for the comment Xxx…would love to help get you further connected here at Watermark as well, or at least introduce to some other friends who can help you feel welcome here with us.  I’ve CC’d Scott Michael here so that he can follow-up with you/get you information on upcoming connecting opportunities.

However you study and teach God’s word this week…I pray it makes an indelible mark on your heart, head, and hands.







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