Jeff Bartell

A "bottom line" kind of guy

Expo-topical preaching poll

Typically I prefer to preach and teach the Bible in a strictly expositional way.  That is, we study the scriptures verse-by-verse, as they are given, to “expose” the truth of the Author.  Isaiah 28:9-10  Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Occasionally there are times when we want to address a specific topic.  Recently, we just spent 5 weeks talking about family relationships.  When we do that, we still select a particular text of scripture and then teach that scripture expositionally.  Hence the term “expo-topical!”

I am interested in knowing what subject would be of greatest interest to you in a topical preaching series here at FBC.  I have set up a poll in the right-hand column.  Take a second and vote.  You may vote for two selections.  If you have a suggestion not on the poll, leave me a comment to this post and I will consider it.

Whether or not you live in New Philadelphia, Ohio, thanks for participating!

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Hi Jeff,
I would love to have you cover the topic of predestination. There seems to be alot of confusion in the modern church. I have heard
prominent pastors preach several different ways.
I would like to know, biblically, the most accurate

Thank you for the consideration.
Craig P


The Tower of Babel.
Are we like the people in the story of the tower of Babel? God commands us to go forth and preach the Gospel, we decide to stay in our churches where it is comfortable.

Jason B. Tarbush

Well my brother, though not a member of your church, I still follow your messages as best as I can! To be honest, I had to vote twice (sorry to skew these most important polling numbers…lol)! Prophesy & finances…


Jeff, just keep doing what you are doing. Keep it simple and somewhat brief. We moved away several years ago but I stayed connected to FBCNP as this is where we were equipped. I have also sought out the good (used lightly) churches in each area that I have lived. I am always trying to learn of good churches to refer people to as I travel frequently. I can tell you that every church has had incredible people. Many of the leaders are great people, but they arelost when it comes to “rightly dividing the word of truth”. I have yet to find anyone using the tools of Biblical approach I received at FBC. The closest are the reformed, calvinist people. I would like to hear you bring the balance to the calvinist theology.


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