Preaching is the at the heart and center of First Baptist Church; Not only in our corporate worship services, but in the whole of our life as a local church.
Why is biblical preaching the center of First Baptist Church?
First of all, preaching lets God speak rather than man, because it declares God’s own Word. And it is an incredibly thrilling privilege to give voice to God!
Second, preaching brings the preacher into direct contact with the mind of the Holy Spirit, the author of Scripture. It is for that reason that the preacher of the Word finds the process of study and discovery to be even more rewarding than the preaching that results from it, gratifying as that can be.
Third, preaching forces the preacher to proclaim all of God’s revelation, including those truths that even many believers find hard to learn or accept.
Fourth, preaching promotes biblical literacy in a congregation, not only through what is learned from the sermon itself but also through the increased desire to study Scripture more carefully and consistently on their own. The faithful pastor, and all other faithful believers, love to learn God’s Word because they love the God of the Word.
Fifth, preaching carries ultimate authority. The Bible is the complete and perfect self-revelation of God himself and of his divine will for mankind, which he has created in his own image. Proclaiming that Word is therefore central to any spiritual venture.
Sixth, preaching can transform both the preacher and the congregation.
Seventh, in his own Word, and only his own Word, that the Lord calls and commissions his preachers to proclaim.