Everyone knows that church is about more than preaching, teaching and learning scripture. Church involves fellowship, sharing of communion, prayer, worship, discovering spiritual gifts, accountability, service, joy. But, while so many things are important, the preaching and learning of scripture come first. That is because all other items are distorted if this one item is lacking. Today, we will reexamine the first calling of every Christian leader. It is to preach the word. But in so doing, we will also discover why this is so important for the entire church. It leads us to value God’s word.