By SI Filings Apr 08 2019 Church PlantingPreachingPastoral Epistles"We launched the church with 1 Timothy. And I would encourage any pastor, whether planting or replanting, to start by preaching through the Pastoral Epistles" - TGC 417 reads There are 2 Comments Interesting Bert Perry - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 5:28pm ....especially as AIG argues that to reach people, we need to start with Genesis, and I'd argue that to recover the vitality of a church, it's essential to preach the Gospels. I hope I'm painting with a brush which is far too broad here, but some things I've seen suggest to me that the bane of many churches is an over-emphasis on partial understanding of the Epistles with a neglect of the Gospels and the character of Christ. Now if I posit that I'm working with believers who are coming from less-sound churches to form a doctrinally sound church, I'm with the author here. If I'm trying to reach a community with few believers, though, I wonder if a mixture of Gospel and Genesis preaching might be more effective---this is who Jesus is, this is why you want to get to know Him. Aspiring to be a stick in the mud. Doesn't matter TylerR - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 8:01pm Doesn't matter which book you preach. Just preach Christ. Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?