At Portico Church the preaching of God's Word is central to our worship. We devote the majority of our service to it. Sermons typically extend for an hour or more and generally cover only a small number of verses. Our Lord taught, "And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." Scripture is the only way that we can know God truly so we must devote ourselves to the careful study and application of God's Word. We understand that the Christian sub-culture suffers from ADD, but our desire is to stand with the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers who have gone before us in the careful and clear proclamation of the Word of God. We desire to please God and not men.
We believe that the best way to serve a pulpit ministry is by preaching successively through whole books of the Bible, giving a thorough teaching of the text, and grounding the message and authority of the sermon in the clear teaching of the Bible. The gospel is not a form of self-help; it is a transforming message. Thus it is through the explanation and proclamation of God's Word--with exhortation--that believers grow in grace. Therefore what the Church needs in these post-Christian times is preaching--biblical, expositional, practical preaching that proclaims Christ from all of the Scriptures.
Preaching is falling out of favor among Christians which is yet another sign that our post-Christian culture is producing a post-Christian church. The listener, not God, is sovereign. There is an overall "dumbing down" of doctrine. Sermons are getting shorter; if they go longer than twenty minutes, people start to get restless. Church-goers demand to be entertained, so in some cases the sermon is gradually replaced by music, testimonies, drama, or even video.
--Philip Graham Ryken
Raking is easy, but all you get is leaves. Digging is hard, but you might find Gold.