What is the focus of the pulpit at Christ’s Church of Tucson?
The word of God preached is the sole focus and exclusive purpose for the pulpit ministry at Christ’s Church of Tucson. We believe the church is called to be a pillar and support of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15), to make known the manifold wisdom of God to the rulers and authorities in heavenly realms (Ephesians 3:10), and to proclaim to all the nations that repentance for the forgiveness of sins is only found in the name of Jesus (Luke 24:46–47). We believe the faithful expository preaching of the word of God is one of the primary means God has given the church to fulfill this calling.
Why the word of God?
We believe that the word of God is found solely in the pages of Holy Scripture. The word of God is the sole content of the preaching at Christ’s Church of Tucson because the Holy Scriptures have been given to us directly by God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20–21). Plus, we preach the word of God because Jesus preached the word of God (Luke 4:14–30). The Apostle Paul also commanded Timothy to preach the word of God (2 Timothy 2:2), and faith comes by hearing the word of Christ (Romans 10:17).
Recognizing the Apostle Paul’s call to Timothy to preach the word of God in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2), we believe that preaching is God’s primary means to communicate His truth.
What is expository preaching?
Expository preaching is the clear proclamation of an accurate understanding of the original author’s intended meaning of a portion or portions of scripture. This is conducive and not detrimental to an audience hearing the voice of God speak His thoughts to them in such a manner that the will of man is moved to embrace and obey the will of God.
Why expository preaching?
The expositor does not come to his study of the Bible looking for a passage to support the thoughts he wants to convey from the pulpit. The expositor chooses a passage to study and then studies that passage until he understands the meaning of the passage. He then preaches that meaning. Thus, expository preaching helps to ensure that the message being preached is founded on the word of God and not the thoughts of men.
Is the concept of authoritatively preaching truth outdated for our postmodern era?
We recognize that today’s postmodern world has produced an eclectic anti-authority mindset that adamantly rejects the concept of absolute truth. We unashamedly admit that preaching by definition invokes thoughts of truth being conveyed with authority. As well, we realize many church leaders are beginning to view the traditional concept of preaching as archaic and now question the place and purpose of preaching within the church.
However, there is a divine imperative to preach with authority the absolute truth of the word of God. Therefore, the pulpit ministry of Christ’s Church of Tucson will always be a testimony to the fact that the word of God is always the message of true Biblical preaching ––proclaiming man’s thoughts is not biblical preaching. Plus, the pulpit ministry of Christ’s Church of Tucson will always be a testimony to the fact that preaching the word of God is always the method of true biblical preaching –– discussing and debating about the truth is not biblical preaching.
In short, the word of God preached is God’s chosen message and method for making Himself known to mankind –– the time to use this message and method is a “perpetual now!”
What is currently being preached at Christ’s Church of Tucson?
Galatians during the Sunday morning worship service.
Hebrews during the Sunday evening Family Bible Hour.
1 & 2 Kings during Wednesday night Prayer and Bible Study.