Expository Preaching / Exalt God / Equip the Saints / Evangelize the Lost
We believe that expository preaching is the primary means by which God intended a pastor to deliver His Word from the pulpit to the body of Christ. The Biblical basis for this is found in Ezra 7:9-10 where we find the prophet had set his heart to study the Word, live the Word, and teach the Word. Again, in Nehemiah 8:8 we find the Law is read and then delivered in an understandable fashion. In 2 Peter 1:16-21 we see that God delivered the Word and the Word has one meaning. In his letters to Timothy, Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells Timothy to teach these things(1 Tim. 4:6-16), accurately handle the word of truth(2 Tim. 2:14-15), to use the Word of God for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training(2 Tim. 3:16-17), and to hold fast to the Word no matter what some will desire(2 Tim. 4:1-5).
We are saved, sustained, and sanctified both now and forever by God(Phi. 1:6). God is sovereign over all things and our theology reflects this extraordinary fact. There is no other name by which we can be saved(Acts 4:12), so we exalt God in our hearts and minds, in our families, in our church services, and throughout our lives in order to honor and glorify Him. This is our primary goal. As believers, we should desire that His name is lifted up and ours is lessened(Mat. 23:11-12; John 3:30). Knowing the God that is revealed in Scripture will humble the believer, and it is in that humbleness we see the exalted God who reigns over all. We will seek to exalt God in our sermons, within the life of the church body, and as we go.
Equip the Saints
Since honoring and glorifying God is our primary concern as a church body, then it stands to reason the equipping of the saints is a primary means by which that is done. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 we read All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. The scriptures also point to this equipping purpose as a reason for the spiritual gifts, used for the maturing of the saints and further growth into Christ-likeness (Eph. 4:11-15). We must seek to equip the saints; out of this equipping comes the next distinctive.
Evangelize the Lost
The body of Christ, the church, is to go and make disciples without exception or distinction(Matt. 28:19-20). We know that it is God who saves, but the means by which He has chosen to save is through the hearing of the gospel(Rom. 10:14). Since the believer loves God and seeks to walk in a manner worthy of this great God(Col. 1:10), the believer obeys God(1 John 2:3). We are commanded to share the gospel - the good news that there is a means of being reconciled to God through the work of Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection by repentance and belief in Jesus(Acts 20:21, 26:20).