12 Traits of a Biblical Church: Preaching and Teaching

12 Traits of a Biblical Church: Preaching and Teaching

Different pastors and church leaders in our day continue to offer their opinions on what the church should be about. As a result, churches are often left wondering whose preferences to follow and whose authority to listen to. In this sermon from 2 Timothy 3:10–4:8, David Platt points us away from the preferences of man to the church’s ultimate authority––God speaking through His Word. In this first of twelve traits of a biblical church, Biblical Preaching and Teaching, we’ll see why the faithful proclamation of Scripture shapes everything about the church’s life and mission.

This series has been preached multiple times. For the newest version of this message, see 12 Traits of a Biblical Church.

Question 1. What are some things other than Scripture that tend to drive the  church’s effort and resources?

Question 2. Is it possible for a sermon to be unbliical even if it is based on a specific verse or passage? Explain your answer.

Question 3. According to this sermon, what does it mean for a sermon to be expository?

Question 4. What is the benefit of preaching through books of the Bible? Why is this a healthier model than simply preaching through interesting topics?

Question 5. What are some signs a church is leaning on God’s Word for wisdom, power, and direction? Make a list.

David Platt

David Platt serves as a pastor in metro Washington, D.C. He is the founder of Radical.

David received his Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of Don’t Hold Back, Radical, Follow MeCounter CultureSomething Needs to ChangeBefore You Vote, as well as the multiple volumes of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series.

Along with his wife and children, he lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area.


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