Core-Truth Ministries is committed to theological biblical exposition. This fundamental approach goes beyond teaching the Bible stories in the narrative. It is the sequential teaching of scripture that purposefully:
- Identifies theological truth
- Pulls out it’s principles
- Draws out the biblical doctrine
- Crystallizes it’s teachings
- Supports scripture with scripture
- Then, passes it on to the reader or listener
Jesus expounded the scriptures powerfully, but not always verse by verse. As an expositor, He sometimes spoke topically, using many different Old Testament Scriptures as the basis of His teaching. Sometimes He touched on a specific theme or aspect of theology. At other times He employed a historical event or character. Yet He always used the scriptures as the foundation and building blocks of His instruction.
On the basis of Jesus’ example, it can asserted that true biblical teaching is expository. Yet, it is not necessarily restricted to a verse-by-verse format. It can take alternate forms as well. Therefore, we believe that the occasional teaching of the scriptures using a topical approach is appropriate and has many benefits. However, we do so with the following precautions in mind.
- Biblical text should not be used as a springboard for launching a selected topic that has no inherent relationship to the biblical message.
- Scriptures used to emphasize a topical message should not be wrested from their biblical context and forced to teach something they do not espouse.
In an attempt to capitalize on “relevant” issues many churches overemphasize the use of contemporary themes, sermon series, and topical messages from the pulpit and thus run the risk of generating a greater focus on problem, life-situation, or prosperity preaching than on biblical solutions.
Whether teaching thematically, historically, or biographically, we believe that the Scriptures must be the primary resource and contextual guidelines must be observed. They are the chief source of spiritual insight and teaching and we are committed to the task of unfolding the scriptures, not merely enfolding them into a topic. Leading people into the text not away from it. With the understanding that it is incumbent upon the listener or reader to “…examine the scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:11).
The Bible is the best source for explaining the Bible. This is fundamental and consistently sound teaching because the Bible has only one author, which is God. It is also consistent with how the church has functioned from its earliest days.
All theology of scripture can be put together into a consistent system of teaching that is reasonable and non-contradictory. Because, God is the author of all of it and He, who is ultimate reason, cannot contradict Himself.
To help open people’s understanding of the scriptures by communicating accurately and effectively, through the power of the Holy Spirit, what has been written in Bible is the most fulfilling service that a person can render to others.