Hopefully your involvement at New Life has created a deeper passion for the Bible. As a pastor it is always encouraging to watch you on Sunday mornings as we focus attention to God’s Word. I have often received questions about the Psalm reading that we do each week. Generally out of curiosity, people will question the purpose for the placement of the weekly passage. The reason we begin each service with a Psalm passage is because I want to emphasize the importance of scripture. Therefore we stand before the congregation and issue a call to worship.
Another way that I try to stress the importance of the Bible is through expository preaching. Simply stated, expository preaching is achieved when the point of the passage is the point of the sermon. We have all listened to messages where the pastor reads a text and then begins preaching and his message has nothing to do with passage he just read. Expository preaching takes into consideration that the initial recipients received a specific message from God and that message is very important for
our church as well. I particularly enjoy working our way through a book of the Bible. This is also helpful in that the message each week is dependent on the text before the congregation. This ensures that the teaching ministry at New Life does not avoid specific topics. The entire council of God is made available to the people of God and we respond accordingly. I believe expository preaching is healthy and it is a practice we should not avoid. Here are 4 reasons we should not avoid expository preaching.
Expository preaching reminds us that:
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