At Greenbelt Baptist Church, we hold it to be a central and essential part of our doctrine and practice that the Word of God is what creates and constitutes the people of God. In other words, God’s Word is what actually brings about faith in people (Romans 10:14), God’s word is what actually guides our lives as people of faith (Psalm 19), and God’s word alone is what regulates and directs our worship (Matthew 15:9). This also means that the preaching of God’s word is the central and primary means by which we rightly worship God (Acts 2:42).
At Greenbelt Baptist, we are committed to what is known as Expository Preaching – preaching passages of the Bible in their historical, literary, and canonical context with the aim being that the point of the sermon matches the point of the text. We’re always trying to ask, “What did the author originally intend in this passage?” And because the Bible is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16), and by the Spirit it is a living and active word (Hebrews 4:12), then any given passage also has direct application for God’s people today. God’s word is not relegated to the past, but is eternal and relevant in every generation (2 Peter 3:15-16).
This means that we preach through books of the Bible, verse by verse, passage by passage, and chapter by chapter, understanding that the best way to know God’s word (and thus, know God) is to hear it in its entire context and flow. Therefore, we don’t usually preach what is known as “topical sermons” – sermons where the pastor picks a topic and then finds a bunch of different passages and verses to help support the pastor’s point and topic. This tends to lend itself to a shallow understanding of God’s word and also runs the risk of taking passages way out of context. Churches end up hearing what the pastor wants to talk about, rather then what God in his word has for his people. The Bible isn’t a pragmatic guidebook to better living – it is the grand story of God’s redemptive purposes climaxing in the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.
Thus, the preaching at Greenbelt Baptist will always have the Gospel of Jesus Christ front and center. No matter where we are preaching from in the Bible, be it Genesis, Lamentations, Amos, or the Gospel of John: Jesus Christ and his redemptive work upon the cross will have a bearing on how we understand the text. This is how Jesus himself taught the Scriptures (Luke 24:25-27; 44-49; John 5:39-40; 46-47), how the Apostles taught and preached (Romans 1:1-5; 1 Peter 1:10-12), and here at GBC, we want to read and preach God’s word in this way as well.
Since Jesus Christ is the central unifying focus of all Scripture, and God’s word must be at the center of our worship and lives together as a church (see above), then it is indeed Jesus Christ who sits center stage in our worship and in our preaching. He is the object of our faith, the Person whom we give all praise and adoration to. We are thankful that he has shown us how in His perfect word and pray that His word will ever be before us.
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