Over time, “Bible study” has become a catchall to describe all kinds of gatherings. In the words of the esteemed linguist Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
As we have expanded our use of the term, we have decreased the number of actual Bible studies we offer. Churches have gradually shifted away from offering basic Bible study in favor of studies that are topical or devotional, adopting formats that more closely resemble a book club discussion than a class that teaches Scripture.
Earlier this week, The Gospel Project held the Christ-Centered Gospels webcast, a panel discussion led by Trevin Wax. Here are 12 quotes from the event, and details on how you can watch it if you missed it the day-of.
From the perspective of Scripture, however, you find a measure of both: the mysterious and the tangible, the logical and the incomprehensible. What you don’t find, however, is the relegation of the Holy Spirit to a distant third in the pecking order of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is the most vital part of the Christian experience.
In fact, if you’re a Christian, then you can know for certain at least three glorious things the Holy Spirit is doing for you right now.
Mark Dever rightly describes Expositional Preaching as “preaching that takes for the point of a sermon the point of a particular passage of Scripture.” However, I have heard many sermons that intend to be expositional, yet fall somewhat short. Below are seven pitfalls that one might try to avoid. Each of these pitfalls either doesn’t correctly make the message of the passage the message of the sermon, or doesn’t make it a message to that congregation at all.
A favorite from the archives:
When Christ is our life, we recognize the painful process of uprooting our sin—revealing, fighting and killing it, and doing it all again—is given to us by the grace of God. The pain is to point us to Christ as our only hope. And without it, “we would never be compelled to confess our sins. We would be left in the condition of the legalist, who can only make excuses for his sin, but who cannot repent because he remains numb to his depravities.”