Church Bases Preaching Style On Greek Culture

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Pastor Bill Cain of Rim Country Bible Church of Payson preaches from the Bible in an expository style made famous by the apostle Paul's teachings in an ancient Mediterranean culture in a small Greek town called Berea.

The followers of this approach to Bible study call themselves, Berean Christians.

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Pastor Bill Cain

"Most of the time we are teaching a verse-by-verse analysis and giving an application; what it meant to the people it was written to and what it means to us today," said Cain. "It usually involves the key words in their original language. The New Testament is all in Greek so we give the Greek meaning of words and the application for us today."

Paul thought the Bereans were good Christians because they cross-referenced his gospel as it was stated in the the Old Testament and some of his epistles or letters.

"They were checking him out to see if he was preaching and teaching according to the scriptures and the prophesies of the Old Testament," Cain said. "So a Berean Christian is one who checks every doctrine or what so-called preachers and teachers are teaching to see if they are in accordance with the scriptures.

"Today we use (the expository style) for people who accept the Bible as the authority, and (we) check the television preachers and any evangelist to see if the men or women are teaching according to the scriptures."

Cain said expository preaching has become a lost art in modern churches.

Expository preaching was practiced by Charles "Golden Throat" Sprugeon in 18th-century England and Hershel Hobb of the Southern Baptist Church.

The faithful of Rim Country Bible Church say the basic problem with mankind and the human race is not just a moral issue, but a sin issue too.

"Adam and Eve's first sin wasn't sex, it was disobeying God," Cain said.

Members of the church accept Jesus' payment for their sins.

"Man has an inherited sin nature," said Cain. "Man is basically bent on living for self and leaving God out of the picture. A righteous holy God has said that He will judge sin when he returns. So we're concerned with the life following death whether we are going to spend it in hell or heaven."

Services are held in the library of Powell House. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by Sunday School at 10:45 a.m. Powell House is located at 806 W. Longhorn Road, Payson. (928) 468-0356.

This story is a another part of the Roundup's continuing series on how the churches in the Rim country add beauty and grace to our community.

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