c) Don’t Be Dogmatic. Avoid being dogmatic as to what the type teaches.
d) Illustrate Doctrine. Never base your doctrinal position on the teaching of types. Types should illustrate doctrine, not initiate it.
e) Be Open To Correction. Remain open to correction from those of greater maturity than yourself.
By this method, we endeavor to expound the meaning and truth contained in a particular passage of Scripture. We seek to bring out the truth which is often hidden beneath the words on the page. This is an excellent method of teaching the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27).
You may take a book of the Bible and explain the meaning of it chapter by chapter. Perhaps you may take one chapter each week – and go through it, verse by verse, explaining the significance and truth as you go. This may develop in to a series of Bible studies that may take weeks or months to complete.
Thus, over a period of years, your congregation will become familiar with every part of the Bible, and be exposed to all the truth God wants to convey to them for their enrichment and spiritual equipping.
A biography is a life story of a person. Therefore, this method involves the study of the lives of the many characters we encounter in the Bible. Every biography recorded in the Bible holds important significance for us. Every life has something to teach us.
The study of Bible characters is very enthralling and absorbing. Choose a particular person. Read every reference to that person that occurs in the Bible. Make notes of every thought that comes to mind.
Begin to assemble those thoughts into chronological order- the order in which they occurred:
- Study the birth of the person.
- Consider the circumstances of his upbringing.
- Focus upon the dealings of God in his life.
- How did he react to God’s dealing?
- What did he learn from it?
- If he was a success in life, what made him successful?
- If his life ended in failure, where did he go wrong?
- What can we learn from his life?
These are all interesting and informative things we can learn from the rich lives of the men and women we meet in the Bible.
This type of sermon relates to the detailed analyzing of a subject in order to extract the greatest amount of truth from it. From this truth, you can then teach the underlying principles involved.
Much of the Bible is written in the form of analogy. It teaches a truth from a parallel case. The writers often use a natural subject from which to teach a spiritual truth. It involves the comparison of similar functions, and the process of reasoning from parallel cases. The analogical sermon endeavors to communicate truth contained in an analogy.