The Church at South Mountain (CASM) is a multi-racial Christian Bible church. Our vision is to magnify the glory of God by proclaiming the Gospel of grace to every race and preparing believers through clear Bible teaching to impact their world.
To be Christ-centered means that the Word of God, properly interpreted and applied, is our ultimate authority for belief and conduct. Christ—not a man or a group of men—is the head of the church. Jesus is Lord over His church! Therefore, at CASM, Christ is the focus of every worship service, prayer time, outreach effort, Bible study, service opportunity, and everything we are as a people. Our priorities are Christ first, Christ second, and Christ third. It is all about Christ!
What is biblical exposition? The word “exposition” is a multidimensional word arising from a Latin root (expositio-onis), which means “a setting forth, a laying open, or an uncovering.” However, this laying open or uncovering is not about every real-life issue that we deal with, like raising kids, managing finances, developing leadership, or even building marriages. Exposition has to do with “magnifying the voice of God in the text of Scripture” (Jim Shaddix, The Passion Driven Sermon, p.126). Exposition exposes or lays open the Bible to an audience, and the audience to the Bible. Exposition IS NOT just a verse-by-verse commentary on a passage. In exposition, the aim is to crystallize the truth set forth and to focus on the main message or point of the passage or text. When true expostion happens, people should always walk always saying, “So that’s what this passage of Scripture teaches!" Or, "That’s what God is saying here!”
The best definition of exposition that I have read comes from the Westminster Directory (1645), which states:
“The true idea of [expository] preaching is that the preacher should become the mouthpiece for his text, opening it up and applying it as a word from God to his hearers…in order that the text may speak…and be heard, making each point from his text in such a manner that [his audience] may discern the voice of God” (J. I. Packer, God Has Spoken, p.28).
Expository preaching differs from topical preaching in that it focuses on explaining not only the whole of Scripture, but the background of the text under examination. A topical study would instead find passages in Scripture to make application on a particular subject.
We believe that as the leadership goes, so goes the church. Leadership must model Christlikeness for the flock. Leadership must also equip the saints for the work of ministry. We unashamedly follow the biblical model of godly, qualified male leadership. Learn more about our leaders.
Our congregation is a multi-racial group of people that is welcoming, loving, and committed to one another. We seek to live out the "one another" commands described in the Bible, such as pray for, encourage, serve, build up, and admonish one another.
We believe that our chief end as a people is "to glorify God and enjoy Him forever" (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q1) and our purpose as a church is to be a "pillar and support of the truth" (1 Tim.3:15). Therefore, our passion is to know God and proclaim the good news about Him in a clear and complete way so that people may come to know Christ savingly. We also desire to see those who trust Christ serve Him as King and grow in the fellowship of His church.
Our purpose is not church growth, but growth in the "grace and knowledge of our Lord...Jesus Christ" (2 Pet.3:18), by means of the truth, prayer, and the Spirit of God (John 17:17; Heb.4:16; 1 Cor.2:10-14). The reason for this is "so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God" (1 Cor.2:5).