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Expository Preaching

At Christ’s Church of Tucson, the emphasis is on expository preaching.  This is consistent with Scripture.  Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “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.”  Conversely, this is a practice in so very few churches today.

Rather, the emphasis is on appealing to earthly desires and tickling ears.  Paul writes in 2 Timothy 4.3-4: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”  As Steven Lawson says: “Exposition is being replaced with entertainment, preaching with performances, doctrine with drama and technology with theatrics.  Desperately does the modern-day church need to recover its way and return to a pulpit that is Bible-based, Christ-centered, and life-changing.”

The end result of expository preaching produces deep roots.  A deeper understanding, knowledge, love and obedience to God.  This is markedly different from the shallow, seeker-sensitive, vague, uncertain, psychology-oriented, pragmatic, syncretistic messages in so many churches today.  The latter approach produces “houses built on sand” (Matthew 7:26-27).