While the Bible never commands or really even illustrates this method (verse by verse teaching), some practical reasons make it popular:
- Because all Scripture is God-breathed and for our benefit, there is not a page of Scripture that is not helpful to our faith so we should examine it all.
- From church history we know that influential preachers such as Justin Martyr preached expository sermons that went through books of the Bible line-by-line.
- It allows non-Christians and new Christians to follow along more easily than if the preacher jumps around the Bible.
- It doesn’t allow the preacher to avoid difficult texts and issues.
- It helps teach the congregation to study the Bible for itself.
- It helps show the importance of context in Scripture.
- It helps people to read and study along with the sermons each week.
- It makes it easier for people to refer back to what they have learned in Scriptures.
- It forces the authority to reside in the text and not the teacher.
– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 92