Old Testament believers, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the New Testament writers share a very high view of God’s inspired Word recorded in Holy Scripture (Josh. 1:8; Ezra 7:10; Ps. 1:1-3; Ps. 119:97; Jn. 8:31-32; 10:35; 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21, etc.). Consequently, from her infancy the Church stressed the importance of reading and preaching from the Bible as a central element of her life and worship (Acts 2:42; 20:20-32; Col. 4:16; 1 Tim. 4:13, Rev. 1:3, etc.).
Reflecting these precedents and our Reformation heritage, we consider the reading, preaching, and teaching of scripture to be a crucial part of our life together, especially our worship. And given its vital connection with God’s glory and our spiritual health, we promote preaching which seeks to explain the meaning of a biblical text in its context, i.e., expository preaching. But God’s Word is meant to be lived not simply studied or discussed (Ps. 119:4; Jn. 13:17; Jam. 1:22, 25, etc.), so sound preaching should not be a mere theological lecture but should include application to our daily lives; that, too, is an important part of each sermon.