We naturally categorize experiences in our lives. When you meet someone new and tell someone else about that person you will have already placed some labels and categories on them. It may be simple adjectives or broad stroke generalizations, but either it helps you communicate and helps your listener understand.
This need carries over into our various church experiences as well. Therefore, denomination labels can be helpful for people visiting a new church. Before they ever walk in the door of a denominational church they have some set expectations. So, when I tell people that we at Crossings Community are a non-denominational Bible church it throws them for a loop. They often do not have nicely manicured categories with set expectations to apply to my response.
I am going to create this series of short posts which will connect some words, ideas, and labels to our identity to help outsiders and newcomers understand who we are while giving our church body some language that will be helpful. The first label is EXPOSITORY. We at Crossings Community Church are a church that values and practices expository preaching every single Sunday.