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In 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, the apostle Paul exalts the Holy Scriptures, urgently challenging Timothy to “Preach the word!” Paul says in 3:16 that this “word” is breathed out by God and that it is sufficient to equip men and women of God with divine knowledge about what they must believe and how they must behave. This is the word that Timothy must “preach” and the word with which he must “convince, rebuke, [and] exhort with all longsuffering and teaching” (4:2).

We live in a day when so many evangelical churches are looking for new ways to tell the old story. Almost every facet of American pop culture is adopted, packaged, and marketed in the church, to the extent that, while we may have more and more religion, we have less and less of the clear teaching of God’s word. It is as if we have lost our ability to believe that the clear communication of the word of God is powerful enough on its own to rescue lost souls and to edify God’s people. We do not need to hear little “sermonettes” or psychological pep talks. We do not need to hear a mere moral lesson. We do not need our “self-esteem” boosted, so that we feel better about ourselves despite our desperate condition. We do not need to hear a preacher’s views on politics or economics. Nor do we need some new religious fad or idea. What we still need is the word from God.

At Bethany Bible Church, we preach and teach the Holy Scriptures. We believe the Bible to be the authoritative word from God. We defer to the text of Scripture, giving it preference in every issue of faith and practice. Therefore, when we preach or teach, we strive always to explain the meaning of the text in its context and to proclaim the truth of that text, bringing the implications of that truth upon the hearers so that, when all is said and done, they have heard not only a word from the preacher but also a word from God.

We are pleased to be able make available to you many of the sermons and lessons given at Bethany. There is often an outline for the sermons which you may download as well. We trust that they will be a help and encouragement to you. If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to

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