My name is Brian Payne, and I am excited about your interest in the Expository Preaching and Pastoral Leadership major at Boyce College. Jesus promised to build his church and one of the great evidences of that promise is that generation after generation he continues to raise up young men to be stewards and heralds of his Word.
We at Boyce College agree with Martyn Lloyd-Jones that “preaching is the highest calling and the greatest need for the church and the world.” Of course, for preaching to attain to its high calling and to meet the greatest needs of the church and the world, it must be “expository preaching,” which is simply the commitment of the preacher to have as his main point of his sermon to be the main point of the text he’s preaching with a view of being Christ centered and church oriented. In other words, the authority of God is in the text and so for the preaching to preach with authority, he must “exposit” what is in the text. The moment he departs from the intended meaning, he has drifted from the authority of God; and it is only the authority of God through his son Jesus Christ that can make all things new in a sinner’s heart. But when that authority comes to bear on a broken situation, we have “new creation.”
To see this played out in Scripture, consider Luke 24, where Jesus, having risen from the grave, walks with two on the Emmaus road who were obviously distressed about the recent events concerning Jesus. But he does not allow them to recognize him (v. 16), though that would have certainly fixed their dilemma. Instead, “beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (v. 27). Their response is revealing: “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures? And they rose…and returned to Jerusalem…and told…” (v. 32-35). The order of events here are important: their minds were instructed, their hearts burned, their feet were redirected, and their mouths were opened. That is always the sequence: through the mind to the heart, and from there to a changed life and confessing tongue.
That is what makes our “Expository Preaching” major so unique. Our goal is to equip every student in how to preach in a manner that honors the divinely intended meaning for the text so that God glory can be magnified, believers would be built up in the faith, and unbelievers would we converted to Christ. To accomplish this goal, we offer a wide array of preaching classes that center on being Word driven, Christ centered, and church oriented. Our goal when you graduate is for you to be adequately equipped for the pulpit and pastoral ministry.
If you have any questions concerning this major, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am the department head of the Expository Preaching and Pastoral Leadership major. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Brian Payne Ph.D.