Proclaiming and Protecting the Truth

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Our passion at Olive Tree Christian Resources is to take full advantage of every opportunity to proclaim and protect the life-changing truths God has revealed to us in His Word, the Bible. Our prayer is that many will embrace the glorious truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and, with the help of in-depth Bible teaching, grow in their faith and love for Him.

CURRENT STUDY: An exposition of the Gospel of John

We invite you to join us as Pastor Harrell unpacks this magnificent gospel that reveals Jesus as the Son of God. He said this, “Beloved, as we examine the words of this sacred volume, it is my prayer that the Spirit of God will produce within you a profound awareness of inner joy and increasing faith in our glorious Savior—so much so that you will be able to say with the psalmist, “God my exceeding joy” (Ps 43:4).


Preaching Distinctive

". . . we exist to equip the saints through expository preaching, teaching . . ."

Saints cannot be equipped for godly living and service apart from precise theology (Ephesians 4:11-16). This is the goal of expository preaching and teaching. The term "exposit" literally means to expound or explain in a detailed manner. Expository preaching is therefore a doctrinal proclamation of the Word of God derived from an exegetical process that is concerned only with the revelation of God, not the wisdom of man, and therefore carefully conveys the God-intended meaning of a text, passionately applying that meaning to the contemporary issues of life with an internal zeal and authority that cannot be extinguished.

Although this kind of preaching and teaching is rare in contemporary evangelicalism, since this was the method exemplified in the Bible (Neh. 8:8; Acts 7:2-53; 8:27-35; 20:26-27; Luke 4:16-22; 24:27, 32, 44-47), and since we have a divine mandate to "preach the Word" (2 Timothy 4:2), we believe that this is the God ordained method and we remain committed to it.

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It is my contention that all true Christian preaching is expository preaching. Of course if by an 'expository' sermon is meant a verse-by-verse explanation of a lengthy passage of Scripture, then indeed it is only one possible way of preaching, but this would be a misuse of the word. Properly speaking, 'exposition' has a much broader meaning. It refers to the content of the sermon (biblical truth) rather than its style (a running commentary). To expound Scripture is to bring out of the text what is there and expose it to view. The expositor pries open what appears to be closed, makes plain what is obscure, unravels what is knotted and unfolds what is tightly packed. The opposite of exposition is 'imposition', which is to impose on the text what is not there. But the 'text' in question could be a verse, or a sentence, or even a single word. It could equally be a paragraph, or a chapter, or a whole book. The size of the text is immaterial, so long as it is biblical. What matters is what we do with it. Whether it is long or short, our responsibility as expositors is to open it up in such a way that it speaks its message clearly, plainly, accurately, relevantly, without addition, subtraction or falsification. In expository preaching the biblical text is neither a conventional introduction to a sermon on a largely different theme, nor a convenient peg on which to hang a ragbag of miscellaneous thoughts, but a master which dictates and controls what is said.

John R. W. Stott


Who is Jesus Christ?
Who is Jesus Christ

Our Redeemer's Troubled Soul
John 12:27-34

A Cross Before A Crown
John 12:17-26

The Royal Presentation
John 12:12-16