When reading through the NT, it does not take long to realize that Luke sounds different than John, and Paul different than both of them. So what basis is there for seeing unity in the midst of such diversity?
We live in a culture that often lives for the weekend, or the next vacation. But what would have to happen in our hearts to make us actually look forward to going to work no matter what kind of job situation we are in?
Even when we cannot trace God’s hand of justice or providence, we can patiently trust and rejoice in His character. The ultimate example of this is the cross. What seemed like the end of God’s plan was in fact the centerpiece of saving his people.
I am convinced that God has spoken in Scripture in such a way that believers can achieve a sufficient, basic understanding of the text without advanced training in backgrounds. Yet the use of background studies does have the potential to greatly enrich our understanding of the Bible.
Expository preaching is more than merely making sure that some of the topics present in the passage are present in your message. Good expository preaching seeks to determine the central thrust of the passage and make that the central thrust of the message.
While I think there are other forms of preaching that are valuable and have a place within the life of the church, it is my conviction that expository preaching should be the foundation of the pulpit ministry of a healthy, gospel-centered, Christ-focused church.