Tuesday is for Preaching
I have been running into a surprising number of layman recently whose cry is depressingly similar. In Chicago, here in the suburbs, in Indiana, in Michigan, downstate in Illinois, I keep hearing the same thing.
- “My pastor isn’t teaching the Bible.”
- “My pastor doesn’t preach the gospel clearly.”
- “The leadership of my church doesn’t seem to understand what their job is. They don’t seem to give priority to teaching the word of God.”
- “I need my pastor to teach theology. I want him to study hard and tell me the truth.”
- “Marty, tell the guys you are mentoring that we need them to feed us meat. We need to be challenged. We need substance in their thought. Tell them to stay in their study and pray.”
The surprising thing is that all of the people that have said these and similar things attend evangelical churches that say they believe the Bible. So, all you church planters and missional leaders out there: here is my attempt to help you do your job better based on what I am hearing from the rank and file in your congregations. Here are a couple of links to previous post that might be of some help:
- Preaching is Meddlesome Business
- Seeking Applause or Application
- Equipping the Saints for this Task is Your Job Preacher
- Preaching Tips for Church Planters
- Proclaiming Like a Herald
- Expository Preaching is the Key to Church Health
Work hard guys. You only have to please one audience. Preach for an audience of ONE. He is your Lord. Please him and your people will grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.