Every church has a different philosophy when it comes to preaching the Bible. While there is one message that rings true throughout the pages of Scripture, there are various methods of conveying that message.
I believe that working through a particular topic, such as marriage or forgiveness, is beneficial, and at times needed in the life of the church. However, preaching through books of the Bible verse by verse is and will continue to be our "steady diet" when it comes to our preaching ministry. I am deeply passionate about teaching God's people the whole counsel of God, and that is why I am passionate about expository preaching - that is, preaching verse by verse through books of the Bible. This method of delivery forces us (in a good way) to work through sections of scripture that are controversial or difficult to understand, instead of passing them over in the fear of offending someone.
2 Timothy 3:16 says "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
It's pretty clear to me: to be thoroughly equipped, we must be thoroughly trained in the whole counsel of God. I look forward to the journey ahead of us as we seek to know Jesus through His word.
- Pastor Matt