4. Biblical Preaching
We believe that preaching and teaching should be biblically based and primarily expositional, theologically instructive, and intended to help us to love God and others more and make us more like Jesus.
We desire to preach the word with clarity, conviction, boldness and most of all the anointing of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:42; 9:27-28; 10:42; Rom 10:13-17; 1 Tim 5:17; 2 Tim 4:1-5). We strive to see that our preaching and teaching point us to God and teach us how to live out our faith in our daily lives.
Personal Bible study and prayer and our small group sermon-based discussions are our primary means in applying the Word to our lives.
Because we revere God’s word and seek to obey its commands (1 Tim 4:13), we like to begin preaching series with a reading service where we read through the book to be preached, and end it with a reflection service in which the congregation shares what God has taught them through the series.
We also like to integrate the main message of the passage to be preached into the entire worship service.
And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord.
And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
1 Timothy 5:17
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.
2 Timothy 4:1-5
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.