What Biblical Book Should I Begin Preaching in a Church Plant?

"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

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Bert Perry's picture

....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.

TylerR's picture


Doesn't matter which book you preach. Just preach Christ.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?