The historic church recognized this triad of ideals. The modern church, however, has too often neglected beauty in favor of cultural relevance and market appeal. At The Assembly, we aspire to value beauty as not only an inspiration in worship (Psa27:4) but also the fitting expression of what the church has and the world craves.
In his book by this title, Jay Y. Kim argues convincingly
- The speed of the digital age has made us impatient.
- The choices of the digital age have made us shallow.
- The individualism of the digital age has made us isolated.
Those values do not promote disciple-making; in fact, they impede it. In short, digital informs; analog transforms. At The Assembly, we prioritize the in-person gathering of God’s people for worship (Heb10:25) and cherish the liberating and transformational potential of the Spirit’s presence (2Co3:17-18).
At a time when the world is changing rapidly, The Assembly is strategically positioned to develop a culturally responsive discipleship program that will prepare our children and youth for Spirit-empowered service and leadership in a post-coronavirus, 21st-century world. Our property is debt-free, and our congregation is following the call of God to securely pass the baton of effective ministry to a core membership of younger families who are committed to building on the foundation that has been laid “with gold, silver, and precious stones” (1Co3:11-13).
In his now-classic textbook on the subject, Haddon W. Robinson offers the following definition:
“Expository preaching is the communication of a biblical concept or an extended portion of Scripture, arrived from and transmitted through a historical, grammatical, and literary study of a passage in its context, which the Holy Spirit first applied to the personality and experience of the preacher, then through him [or her] to his hearers.”
At The Assembly, we strive for accurate handling of the word of truth (2Ti2:15) by giving preference to expository preaching.
In Faith for Exiles, David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock report that only 10% of 18- to 29-year-olds who grew up Christian are thriving spiritually today in our post-Christian, digital Babylon culture. In a shameless borrowing from their research, “We propose that the goal of discipleship today is to develop Jesus followers who are resiliently faithful in the face of cultural coercion and who live a vibrant life in the Spirit” (p30).