“All preaching must be expository preaching if it is to conform to the pattern of Scripture” —John MacArthur
One of the foundational goals of the G3 Conference is to come alongside local churches and help in providing good tools, resources, and training opportunities in order to make local churches more healthy.
In the Great Commission, Jesus commanded us to “make disciples of all nations . . . teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt 28:19-20). The spiritual growth of every disciple of Jesus Christ and his church depends on an increasing knowledge of and obedience to the Word of God. This demands that we accurately handle God’s Word as we teach those in our homes and churches. As Paul commanded Timothy, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15).
G3 is committed to providing biblical training that equips men and women to make disciples through the accurate and clear teaching of God’s Word through expositional ministry.
Look at the trajectory of the pulpit and you will see the trajectory of the church. If the pulpit ministry is anchored deeply in the biblical text, the church will grow deeper and stronger. If the pulpit ministry of the local church is shallow and driven by culture, the church will be dragged along behind it.
In an attempt to encourage and invest in local churches, we are offering workshops on expository preaching. These workshops will be designed to invest in the ministry of various pastoral levels from the beginner to the more advanced. We will likewise be offering biblical expository workshops for women who teach in their home and the local church setting.
Getting the Text Right and Across
Faithful Bible preaching and teaching requires that we “get it right” and “get it across.” We must “rightly handle” the Scriptures in order to be certain that we are teaching the original meaning of the text (“get it right”). In addition, we must learn to communicate God’s Word to others so that they both understand its teaching and are compelled to commit themselves to obey its teaching (“get it across”).
What Is Involved In the Workshop?
In each workshop the participants will work through a book of the Bible over the course of two days, developing and sharpening their exegetical skills. There will be instructions that will teach hermeneutical principles, the exegetical tools that are essential for discovering the original meaning of the biblical text, and instruction on moving from one’s exegetical work to a sermon/lesson. Participants will also be part of a small group where they will work together through assigned biblical texts to put the principles and tools into practice. Finally, each day there will be a time of hearing God’s Word preached.
Our desire is that you will leave the workshop with a firm grasp on understanding the biblical book studied over those two days. In addition, each workshop will focus on a different Scriptural genre in order to broaden the preacher’s/teacher’s ability to rightly handle God’s Word (e.g., Epistles, Narrative, Poetry).
What is the skill level required for the workshop?
Whether you are a seasoned pastor looking to grow as an expositor or one who is just beginning on the journey of learning to preach or teach God’s Word, you will greatly benefit from these workshops. Paul told Timothy about his labor in God’s Word, “Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress” (1 Tim 4:15). Therefore, the ultimate desire for each participant is that they make progress as a biblical expositor.
What must I do to prepare?
Each participant will be assigned two passages prior to the workshop. You will use the G3 exegetical worksheet to prepare so that you may present your work to your small group and discuss together to help one another make progress. There will usually be two individuals presenting on each passage. In order to better prepare, we will provide a video that gives instruction for completing the worksheet.
Where will these workshops be held?
The 2020 workshop schedule amd registration can be found by clicking thr button below:
Biblical Exegesis for Women (Launching 2021)
These workshops are identical in format and function as the workshops for men, but will be led by women to specifically equip the participants to fulfill their unique calling found in 2 Timothy 1:5 and Titus 2:3-5.
Exegesis to Sermon (Launching 2021)
This workshop will be exclusively for pastors to equip them in taking their exegetical work and developing it into a sermon. Prior participation in a G3 Exegetical Workshop is a minimum requirement for this particular workshop.
Further details of the format of this workshop are to come.
*Throughout the remainder of 2020, there will be four full workshops held in various regions across the US in local churches. Details and speakers for these workshops will be announced at the G3 Conference in January.
Director of Expository Workshops: Dr. Tom Buck
Tom Buck is Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Lindale, Texas. He holds a BA in New Testament Greek from the Moody Bible Institute, a ThM in Bible Exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a DMin in Expositional Preaching from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been serving in his present role as pastor of First Baptist Church since 2006.
In addition to his passion for the local church, he has been engaged in training men in expository workshops since 2008.