WHAT TO EXPECT
WHAT TO EXPECT AT
SARGENT BAPTIST CHURCH
People often wonder what they can expect upon visiting any given congregation. Here are a few things you can expect upon visit Sargent Baptist Church:
1. Congregational Singing- We believe the emphasis of church music should not be placed upon the musicians or music itself, but rather on the singing together of the truth and praises of God as a congregation. Here is a video that explains what congregational singing looks like.
Here also is a helpful article from worship leader, Keith Getty (In Christ Alone, Facing a Task Unfinished) on the importance of Congregational Singing.
2. Public Reading of Scripture- The public proclamation of the Scriptures played an important role in biblical history. In fact, in 1 Timothy 4:13, believers are called to devote themselves to the public reading of scripture. Therefore, during our worship gatherings, we reserve specific time for the public proclamation of the Word of God.
3. Expository (or Verse-By-Verse Preaching)- The regular preaching practice of Sargent Baptist Church is to work through books of the Bible verse-by-verse. However, on occasion, there will be some deviation from that specific practice. Still, even when not working through a specific book of the Bible, all sermons will be verse-by-verse. John Macarthur explained expository preaching this way, "The message finds its sole source in Scripture. The message is extracted from Scripture through careful exegesis (or interpretation of the text). The message preparation correctly interprets Scripture in its normal sense and its context. The message clearly explains the original God-intended meaning of Scripture. The message applies the Scriptural meaning for today."
To put it simply, Alistair Begg explained that it is, "Unfolding the text of Scripture in such a way that makes contact with the listeners world while exalting Christ and confronting them with the need for action. " The point of the text is the point of the sermon. Here is a short video by R. Kent Hughes explaining the importance of expository preaching.