The slogan our church uses is “Every Verse, Every Nation.” I would like to explain the “Every Verse” part! I believe in expository preaching. I prefer sequential expository preaching and would love to discuss this with you whenever we could get an opportunity.
I believe that every message ought to be an explanation of the Bible verses. I believe that our messages should start with what the Bible says and not with what we want to say. I believe that what we say the Bible says should be rather obvious to anyone reading the passage. If it appears that we have found something new, we are very likely mistaken.
I do not believe that everyone needs to preach sequentially. I like doing so best but I would not push that on anyone else except to show how doing so is very beneficial to the preacher and to the hearer.
I do believe that you can preach topical messages. As long as a topical message states exactly what the verses say then I am in full agreement with you.
I believe that what we say has to be what the Bible is saying in the verse, not our principles or philosophy. I believe that we must get from the context what the verse is saying. It can’t be a verse that we twist or use to jump off to say what we want to say.
So I like expository, sequential preaching. I want my messages to be text driven. That is to say that I want what I am saying to come from the text and be what God was saying in the verse. I want to be a voice for the text.
I do not want to “use” the text (by “use” I mean make it fit my purposes). I do not want to abuse the text. I do not want to say what I want to say but rather what He is saying in the text.
So I would like those that may have misunderstood our slogan “Every Verse, Every Nation” to know what I am trying to say. It is my goal to preach every verse of the Bible. It is my goal to try to deliver to His entire counsel to His people at Vision.
I do not judge you or your preaching. I do not think you are wrong if you do not agree with me. I do not think that everyone has to do it the way that I am doing it. You may choose to preach topically, and I trust that you are working diligently to say what the Scriptures are saying and not what you would want to say.