So where are these Bible-driven groups driven? We like to say they are driven "up", "in", and "out" (I've been helped in this terminology and practical thinking by Mike Breen as well as the book Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis)...
- We want to focus "up" by giving attention to God through the study of God's Word.
- We want to focus "in" by giving time to each other and building closer friendships/ accountability.
- We want to focus "out" by giving hospitality and witness to those outside our covenant community.
Now what does expository or Bible-driven preaching look like? Simply put, I take the point of a given passage for the point of my sermon. My goal is to study the selected text (working through one book at a time), explain the point of the text and how that point is "fleshed out", and provide application for our context. The Scripture provides me the outline and the content of my sermon so that those listening will learn the Word of God and learn how to read the Word of God so that they can live out the Word of God.