How to Prepare an Expository Sermon



Book: How to Prepare an Expository Sermon

Author: Harold Elkin Knott

Publisher: The Christian Restoration Association, republished 1997




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Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Older teens and adults

Rating: ***** 5 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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Knott, Harold Elkin.  How to Prepare an Expository Sermon (published in 1930 by The Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, OH).  Another of the books on “homiletics” (the study of preaching) that had a great influence on me as a beginning preacher was How to Prepare an Expository Sermon by Harold E. Knott, M.A. (Harv.), D.D., who was Professor of Homiletics at Eugene Bible University in Eugene, OR.  I also inherited it from my gospel preacher grandfather.  It was published by Standard Publishing Co., a Christian Church related publisher in Cincinnati, OH, and my grandfather studied at Cincinnati Bible Seminary, a Christian Church related college in Cincinnati, OH.

Knott identifies the expository sermon as “an effort to explain, illustrate and apply the Scriptures to life,” citing F. B. Meyer’s statement that “expository preaching is the consecutive treatment of some book or extended portion of Scripture.”  The twelve short chapters in this 138-page book are The Value of Expository Preaching; The Sermon Outline; The Scripture; The Theme; The Introduction; The Main Divisions; The Development; Conclusion; Qualities Requisite for Success as an Expositor; The Influence of the Expository Method on the Voice in Delivery of Sermons; Sermons Illustrating the Different Use of Scripture; and Sermons Illustrating the Different Methods of Development.  I like and even prefer expository preaching, and probably well over half of my sermons fall into that category.

The book was evidently republished in either 1977 or 1997, or perhaps both, once as a hardback and then as a paperback, by the Christian Restoration Association, 7133 Central Parke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040, and is still listed on their website cited above.  Apparently, used copies are also available, and the website of the International College of the Bible, a tuition-free distance learning school offering a college-level study program which is a part of the work of International Bible Teaching Ministries, has a P.D.F. version of it for a free download. It would be quite helpful for young preachers and men who want to develop their skills to preach whenever they have the opportunity.

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