Preaching

 

   The Ordinary Means of Grace

 

 

We believe that the primary and most important part of worship is the systematic reading and expository preaching of God's Word.  This is precisely because everything is to be governed and disciplined by Holy Scripture.  How would we accurately know the God we worship apart from the Scriptures?  How would we know how to worship God acceptably apart from the Scriptures?  How would we know what to believe or how to live apart from the Scriptures?   It is through the preaching of His Word that God is pleased to grant faith (Romans 10:17) and strengthen faith (John 17:16).  The preaching of God's Word is the primary and ordinary means of evangelism (Romans 10:14, 1 Corinthians 1:21) and of making disciples (Matthew 28:20).  The preaching of God's Word is also the primary means by which God's people become mature in the faith and more like Christ (John 17:16; Ephesians 4:11-16).  The preaching of the Word in truth is nothing less than Christ Himself, by His Spirit, preaching to us (Ephesians 2:17; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Romans 10:14b). And what Christ has to say to His church in His Word and by His Spirit is far more important than anything we might have to say to Him in our prayers and praises.  "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit [of Christ] says to the churches" (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22).  Sadly, fewer and fewer churches have 'an ear' for sound, Biblical teaching.  The Apostle Paul exhorted his son in the faith, Timothy, that in the face of this inevitable falling away from preaching, he was to continue to preach the Word even when it is no longer popular to do so (2 Timothy 4:1-5).  Therefore we purposely devote the majority of the worship time to preaching, and by God's grace will persevere in this commitment, despite the spirit of our age. 

 

 

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