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.
John Piper explains expository preaching this way, Expository means that preaching aims to exposit, or explain and apply, the meaning of the Bible. The reason for this is that the Bible is God’s word, inspired, infallible, profitable—all 66 books of it. Additionally, I believe he would be happy for me to add for clarification (as he does at other times) that expository preaching rests upon a single unit of biblical text. In other words, a pastor is traveling outside the city limits of expository preaching when the sermon is populated with various passages from the bible gathered together to illustrate his predetermined point. Expository preaching is based in a single unit of biblical text and then possibly supported or placed in context using other related verses. The former trusts the creativity of man while the latter trusts of the sovereignty of God.
When someone comes to Crossings Community Church they will hear a sermon which journeys through a single piece of the Bible discovering how the truths therein have everything to do with every single day of our lives. Our goal in preaching at Crossings is not short, entertaining, and relevant but rather a transparent and powerful demonstration of the power of God amidst His proclaimed Word (Rm 1:16).
We are EXPOSITORY.
If you would like to see or hear examples of this at Crossings you can find both audio and video examples HERE.