Q. Is teaching the indicative and preaching the imperative?
We must know how to move from the indicative to the imperative to the interrogative. Questions force people to think. Rhetorical questions are powerful. The imperative is a command to action.
Q. How to go about being filled with the Holy Spirit – any specific actions?
See Col. 3:16. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you. Also see Gal. 5:16. Conscientiously take steps to walk in the Spirit.
Q. How careful do we need to be in respect to Biblical translations?
We should have great confidence in our English Bible. There are many reliable translations. We would want to use the most word-for-word translation. We need to be aware of words added by the translator to provide meaning. The NASB, ESV and NKJV are good translations. ESV is not as literal. Study Bibles are also an excellent resource. They stay close to the text and stay at a common language.
Q. Are there any pitfalls in handling expository preaching inappropriately?
To become a rambling commentary. To cut and paste from other resources without doing the work on our own and by ourselves. Researching on the internet. Using blogs for information – we are too easily pulled away by what we read. An expositor must be careful not to lose evangelistic zeal. Christ is not in every text, but we should get to Christ with every text.
Q. Preaching with the sole purpose of getting a response as compared to preaching Biblically and expecting a response?
The so-called church invented the altar call, not the Bible. The call to get up out of your seat and walk forward should never be a part of our sermon. The whole sermon should be a summons to come to Christ in faith. If someone needs to talk to a counselor after your sermon, then you did not do a good job with your sermon. But just explaining the gospel is not appropriate. We must call people to Christ.
Q. The difference between mastering the text as compared to being mastered by the text?
We need to repent of sins that revolve around self. Self-sufficiency, self-determination, self-elevation. No more “I will”, but more of “Thy will.” Remember that “apart from me you can do nothing.”