What are Fourth's distinctives?
1. We practice dynamic expository preaching. Expository preaching is the explanation and application of a particular biblical text. This is accomplished primarily by systematically studying through books of the Bible. It may at times be appropriate to utilize topical exposition in which a topic is chosen and a relevant passage is selected for exposition. The two great benefits of expository preaching are (1) letting the text speak for itself and (2) taking the church through the whole counsel of God’s Word. Expository preaching was never intended to be dull or dry, but passionate and relevant. The goal then of the preacher is to preach each sermon as if it is his last and to do so as a man on fire for God’s glory.
Ezra 7:10; Nehemiah 8:8; Acts 20:26–27; 1 Timothy 4:12–16; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; 4:2
2. We prioritize next generation ministry. The next generation refers to children, teens, and college students who are the future church. Our ministry philosophy is to prioritize serving and training the next generation so that they will surpass the current generation of believers. We, therefore, provide training, accountability, and encouragement for those who are spouses, parents, and grandparents. We also target our ministry around young people, asking the rest of the body to sacrifice various preferences with the goal of accommodating the next generation. The role of parents, grandparents, and singles cannot be overemphasized, for they enable us to “give forth truth to the next generation.”
Deuteronomy 6:1–7; Psalm 71:17–19; Matthew 18:1–5; 9:35–38; 2 Timothy 2:1–2; Ephesians 5:22–6:4; Colossians 3:18–21; 1 Peter 3:1–7
3. We promote strategic outreach and world missions. Strategic outreach is the process of going out of our way to show God’s love through acts of kindness. We will use any and every medium to share Jesus Christ with others. We also encourage and equip our corporate body and individual members to tell family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, acquaintances and strangers about Christ. We have a burden for those throughout our world who have never heard the good news of Jesus. Finally, we have a passion for the persecuted church and do everything possible to inform our body of what is going on throughout the world with our brothers and sisters.
John 4:7–30; Romans 1:16; 10:14–15; 15:20–21; 1 Corinthians 9:15–23; Ephesians 5:14–16; Colossians 4:3; 2 Timothy 4:5; Matthew 5:10–12; Galatians 6:10
4. We prefer elder-directed church government. Elders are a team of men who are characterized by approximately twenty qualifications that are laid out in the New Testament. The primary roles of the elders are leading, feeding, protecting, and modeling. Under the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ, the elders are responsible for the overall vision, decision-making, and leadership of the church. This in no way diminishes the importance of the congregation. God speaks through His people, and we seek to provide opportunities for the congregation to provide input and feedback. Our elders listen, care, serve, and shepherd the flock.
Acts 6:1–4; 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:1–7; 5:17–19; Titus 1:5–9; Hebrews 13:17; James 5:14; 1 Peter 5:1–5