Yesterday I watched a National Geographic documentary on the tombs of Egypt. As archaeologists dug into millennia old burial chambers for relics of that ancient civilization, they used great care as they chiseled, brushed and swept away sandstone debris from their treasures.
As I watched, I began thinking of expository preaching. Okay, so I’m a preacher and everything is an illustration. However, the illustration is helpful. For when we de-posit something, we put something in. When we ex-posit, we get something out. So, just as archaeologists exposited valuables from ancient tombs, so also preachers exposit truth from ancient texts. It takes a great deal of work and prayer to study and mine in this way, but, as the dusty Frenchmen in the sands of northern Africa would tell you, it is worth the effort.
And that is what I want to define my teaching this year at Creekstone. Gospel-focused, expository preaching that digs, verse by verse, into passages in the same way an archaeologist would an underground chamber in the valley of the kings. As many of the Egyptian relics now are on display for the world to see, I desire for the treasures of grace to be displayed for us from every passage that we explore together as we uncover spiritual riches beyond imagination!
If you are in the Dahlonega area, I hope that you will consider joining the expedition. We begin our dig into the Gospel of Mark this Sunday.
For more information on Creekstone, see our website, www.creekstonechurch.com.