How to Keep Preaching from Destroying Your Soul

For Preaching

Preaching (words)Seven Things to Cultivate

  1. Know God. –Your people need to have a man of God in front of them. Why should the congregation listen to you if don’t know God better this week than last?

  2. Know the Text. –Your job is to study. Why should they spend their time listening if you have not brooded over the text and studied deeply?

  3. Be Filled with the Spirit. –Your job is to pray. If you don’t pray, you don’t trust God; you trust you.

  4. Be Holy. –You will destroy your ministry, your people and your family if you do not pursue holiness. Holiness will protect you or the lack of it will hollow you to the core. 

  5. Step on Your Pride. –Holiness will help you here. Be ruthless with every serpent-head of pride in your life.

  6. Exalt Jesus. –The objective is to show Jesus, not your personality.

  7. Get Some Prayer Warriors. –Ascend the pulpit on the prayers of your people. Get a team of people who love the word to pray for everything associated with your messages, from heart prep and language, to understanding, writing and delivery.

Preaching is magnificent work. It is an incredible honor to have the opportunity and responsibility to open the word of life to the people of God. They were purchased by the blood of Christ. Christ came, lived a sinless life, was punished for their sins, and rose from the dead so that He could have them as His brothers and sisters in His kingdom.

Our Lord says the same thing to us that he said to Peter. “Feed My sheep.” (John 21:15-17)  Woe to us if we do not take the job seriously.

Revised: April 2, 2014


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