The Apostle Paul spent a lifetime of preaching and teaching God’s Word. Toward the end of his life he offered some final words of exhortation to his close friend, Timothy, in which he said,
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. (2 Tim. 4:1-2)
“Preach the word” (Grk. keruxon ton logon) is the exhortation Paul gives Timothy. The word “preach” translates the Greek verbkerusso which is a command (imperative mood) stating WHAT Timothy is to do. The content of Timothy’s preaching was "the word" (ton logon), which refers to Scripture. Paul wanted Timothy to be consistent in his ministry, so he told him to “be ready in season andout of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” Communicating God's Word was very important in Paul's day, and it is very important in our own age of biblical illiteracy.
Expositional Bible teaching is the best method for communicating God's Word. Expositional Bible teaching means the Bible teacher starts at the beginning of a book and covers every verse until he is finished. A good Bible teacher will consider the original languages of Hebrew and Greek and take into consideration the historical and cultural context from which each human author wrote to his original audience. An expositional Bible teacher may occasionally cover major Bible doctrines during Scriptural studies. Because God the Holy Spirit superintended the writing of each human author, there is theological continuity to Holy Scripture.
The purpose for expositional Bible teaching is to inform the unbeliever about the gospel of Jesus Christ (John 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:3-4), and to educate the Christian about the nature, works and provisions of God so he can grow in grace and advance to spiritual maturity (2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16-17; 1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 3:18). Spiritual growth is predicated on a thorough knowledge of Scripture. The Christian cannot advance to spiritual maturity without first learning about who God is and the spiritual resources He has provided (Eph. 1:3). Learning God’s Word necessarily precedes living His will. God operates in grace by providing salvation (Rom. 5:6-10; Eph. 2:8-9), and then by providing the spiritual resources the Christian needs to live by faith (Rom. 1:17; 10:17; Heb. 11:6), grow spiritually (Eph. 1:3; 2 Pet. 3:18), and glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31). This website wants to reflect God's grace to others; therefore, the following pages provide free Bible teaching to all who may desire to learn Scripture.
Steven R. Cook, M. Div.
Sola Gloria Dei ~ To God alone be the glory.