Mark of a Healthy Church: Expository Preaching
A healthy church is a church that hears God speak from his Word and trusts in it. That is why a healthy church must be committed to expository preaching. By “preaching” we mean the declaring of God’s truth with authority. By “expository” we mean that the preaching explains and applies the meaning of the biblical text. So expository preaching declares, explains, and applies the meaning of the passage. The content and intent of the passage must shape the content and intent of the sermons preached and lessons taught.
A church should be committed to hearing the Bible declared, explained, and applied to them. They should expect those teaching and preaching will be diligent and faithful to the Bible and its Author. If a church does not expect and prioritize expository preaching then the Word of God will no longer lead and shape that local church. The church is a group of sheep. And the sheep know the Chief Shepherd’s voice. They want to hear from him, trust him, enjoy him, and obey him. When expositoory preaching is neglected they are following other voices and another’s direction. Preachers are not called to be creative primarily. They are called to be faithful to the text. And they are not to be arbitrarily picking and choosing what they want to say. They must submit to the Scriptures and declare what it says, in season and out of season, when it’s popular and when it is controversial. Anything less will starve the church from feeding on the Bread of life.
PJ Tibayan, Pastor
Jim Armstrong | Al Hilte, Deacons
Barbara Spann, Secretary
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