The ministry of God’s Word at Calvary Reformed Church is designed to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and build up the saints for the work of service. Although there are many approaches to preaching currently used today, the pattern that we follow has been called expository preaching.
Instead of choosing a topic or series of topics that seem to be important or relevant to the preacher or the congregation, the Bible is the standard as well as the source for all preaching. The sermon is derived from the text and follows the sequence, story, or argument of the text as it is given in a particular book. This type of preaching has been practiced by John Calvin, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and James Boice.
Biblical preaching is not simply a running commentary on the text; it must focus on the particular doctrinal topic that arises from the text. In this it deals with the central redemptive message of the Bible: Christ crucified. The unity of the doctrinal teaching is united with the historical unfolding of God’s plan of redemption culminating in Christ. An understanding of God’s covenants in the Bible provides the unity to understanding God’s unfolding plan of salvation.
Preaching is not a lecture, it is to engage our hears to further faith and service to Christ. The text is to be applied throughout in an evangelistic and practical way so that believers and unbelievers are challenged to obey the gospel. And preaching must never be a matter of promoting morality by itself; it must center on the gospel of grace.
Biblical preaching forces the preacher and the congregation to deal with texts and topics that might often be overlooked. Often, many who worship with us have remarked how God has spoken to a particular need in this fashion.