There’s something I want you to know and respond to and it is this: Preaching is not for sissies. Here’s what I mean. Most preachers work hard on their sermons and there’s no shortage of good material to make sermons relevant and meaningful. Notice I didn’t use the word “memorable.” I’m not so egotistical to think you are hanging on every word that flows so eloquently from my lips! Of Course some of you make it real easy on me by saying what you love most about Sunday morning is the music or the children’s time message. But I do work hard on my messages and part of the process is to say what must be said in a way that connects.
Most scripture passages have great potential for preaching. They make solid moral and life application points. It is the preacher’s job to tell you what you need to “know” about the text and what you are supposed to “do” about the text. Here’s where it gets tricky. I have to say all that in a way you can hear it and feel moved to act. My task is to speak the hopeful word with confidence and the challenging word with tact so a diverse congregation can hear it. Each of you is looking for something in the message that resonates with your thoughts, beliefs, perspectives and needs. By the grace of God and the work of the Holy Spirit that happens.
But this is why I say preaching is not for sissies. Because my job isn’t to please everyone, but to please God and to be true to the gospel of Christ. My job is to guide and equip the church in the way it needs to go. Which means I first have to be a good listener. I need listen to God’s “voice’ in the scriptures and I need to listen to you in the congregation so I can speak what I hear and not just what I want to say.
Given that what is it that you want me (and Chris) as your preachers to hear?
What do we need to know about you so we preach a word into your life on Sunday mornings?
Because in the end preaching is a “team sport.” We preachers need you to help us listen as well as talk.
Journeying through the Message with you,