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Garden City Baptist Church

We are excited to share this information about our church and its ministries with you.  We hope you find your time spent here a blessing.  Our church is a warm and loving church, and we want you to feel comfortable and we invite you to call on us for anything you need.  Feel free to browse through the various areas of our website and learn about our fellowship.  If you are  looking for a place to worship and grow spiritually, we would love to have you be our guest for Sunday School, Worship, or Bible Study.


Contact Us  
Garden City Baptist Church
3536 Garden City Blvd.
Roanoke, Virginia 24014
Phone 540-427-0131
Regular Schedule  
  • Prayer Meeting
    – 9:15 AM
  • Morning Worship & Children's Church
    – 11:00 AM
  • All Age Sunday School
    – 9:45 AM
  • Bible Study
    – 7:00 PM
  • Choir Practice
    – 7:45 PM

There will be a Soup and Sandwich Social after Worship Service on Sunday, February 2, 2020.  Please bring sandwich material and/or a pot of your special soup to share with others.  Please contact either Roger Guilliams at 580-3996 or Lois Tarter at 427-4242 and let them know what you are brining.  The church will furnish iced tea, water, and coffee.  

Week of Prayer - Annie Armstrong

March 1st through March 8th, 2020 is the North America Missions for Annie Armstrong.  Please contribute to this wonderful mission.

Discipleship Training

Beginning in February, Brian will start Discipleship Training on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM  in place of Bible Study.  If you have any questions, please call Brian.


Sunday's Coming! 

Beginning this sunday, we will begin a "verse-by-verse" study of the Book of Romans. To prepare you I wanted to explain the "What?" & "Why?"

Question: "What is expository preaching?"

Expository preaching involves the exposition, or comprehensive explanation, of the Scripture; that is, expository preaching presents the meaning and intent of a biblical text, providing commentary and examples to make the passage clear and understandable. The word exposition is related to the word expose—the expository preacher’s goal is simply to expose the meaning of the Bible, verse by verse.[1]

“As a method, expository preaching differs from topical preaching and textual preaching. To prepare a topical sermon, the preacher starts with a topic and then finds a passage in the Bible that addresses that topic… In a textual sermon, the preacher uses a text as a springboard for discussing a particular point… In both topical and textual sermons, the Bible passage is used as support material for the topic. In expository sermons, the Bible passage is the topic, and support materials are used to explain and clarify it.”

Question: "Why expository preaching?"

“Our aim as preachers is not to be the most [knowledgeable] scholar of the age. Our aim is not to titillate and amuse. Our aim is not to build a big church. Our aim is to take the sacred text, explain what it means, tie it to other scriptures so people can see the whole a little better, and apply it to life so it bites and heals, instructs, and edifies. What better way to accomplish this end than through expository preaching?[2]

One of the key principles of the Reformation is “Sola Scriptura.” Scripture Alone. “Sola Scriptura simply means that all truth necessary for our salvation and spiritual life is taught either explicitly or implicitly in Scripture… Scripture is therefore the perfect and only standard of spiritual truth, revealing infallibly all that we must believe in order to be saved and all that we must do in order to glorify God. That—no more, no less—is what sola Scriptura means. ”[3]

That the Bible alone is the single “source of authority” for Christian faith and practice.


[2] https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/6-reasons-not-to-abandon-expository-preaching/

Don Carson, 11/5/2013 “Six reason not to abandon Expository Preaching.”

[3] https://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-does-sola-scriptura-mean/

John Macarthur, 8/7/2015 “What does Sola scriptura mean?”