Over the past few years, I have come to appreciate hearing the Word of God preached in an expository fashion. There is a great depth and richness that is brought forth by the pastor who has spent a considerable amount of time studying the text, so that preaching the sermon will help feed the hungry souls that look forward to hearing the sermon each week.
Yet, the content of sermons today, by many popular televangelists, is similarly described by Haddon Robinson, in his book, Biblical Preaching, The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages:
"One common recipe found in homiletical cookbooks reads something like this: "Take several theological or moral platitudes, mix with equal parts of 'dedication,' 'evangelism,' or 'stewardship,' add several 'kingdoms' or 'the Bible says,' stir in a selection of stories, add 'salvation' to taste. Serve hot on a bed of Scripture verses." Such sermons not only leave a congregation undernourished, but they also starve the preachers."" (pgs 26, 27)Many of the popular televangelists of today are master chefs of these types of cookbook-type sermons. Spend some time listening to what they are really saying, see if it lines up with Scripture and I'm not just talking about acknowledging that they've used the correct book, chapter and verse either. It has to line up with Scripture and more importantly, be used in its context, otherwise, it is considered false teaching.
And yet the souls of people who hear these televangelists each week are still left undernourished because of a lack of biblical, theological and doctrinal substance in their sermons.
A common problem that many people who don't go to church and maybe even among some Christians too, they often complain about not being able to understand what the Bible says or even understanding what a passage of Scripture means.
Well, my suggestion would be to first examine whether or not the sermon you are hearing each week is an exposition of Scripture, or a cookbook set of instructions.