Preaching and teaching is preeminent at Anchorage Grace Church. Preaching the Word brings the knowledge of the truth resulting in godliness (John 17:17; Rom 16:25; Eph 5:26). It encourages believers to live in hope and fortifies them to endure suffering (Acts 14:21-22). But it is also a God-given mandate (2 Tim 4:1-2) and an indispensable element of church life and ministry (1 Tim 4:13; 2 Tim 2:2; Tit 2:1).
But not just any kind of preaching will do. While stories may be popular, and culture may seem relevant, preaching that relies on these elements at the expense of the biblical text ultimately lacks power and authority. At Anchorage Grace, we believe that expository preaching best accomplishes the church’s call to proclaim God’s Word to people. Only when the biblical text has been exposited—its meaning set forth, its context clarified, and its significance for daily life explained—has the church accomplished its task.
That’s why at Anchorage Grace, you will invariably find us working our way through a biblical text during our worship hour, verse-by-verse, section-by-section, learning the historical and cultural background and digging in to the original language, because it is only when we understand what the text means that we can understand how the text should affect our lives.
But expository preaching reaches beyond the pulpit ministry at Anchorage Grace. It is the foundation of all our ministries. Our children’s and student ministries, our mid-week Bible studies, our adult equipping classes—they all flow out of our responsibility to preach and teach the Bible so as to “present every man complete in Christ” (Col 1:28).