Can Compassionate Preachers Be Trained?

Tuesday is for Preaching

Matthew 9:36-38 (ESV)
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What produces compassionate preachers who know that sheep still need to be led? 
  2. What produces real preachers, who give real living water, to truly hurting, harassed and helpless sheep?

3 thoughts on “Can Compassionate Preachers Be Trained?

  1. Brother, two very loaded questions! They should be the pursuit of every leader…it is sad when I think of how I’ve failed at both of these, especially in the zeal of my youth back in the 80’s. Anyway, my take…

    1) Constant awareness of God’s Grace in our life. Not just the theological truths about it, but a fellowship and communion with Him through the Holy Spirit to constantly realized His tender mercies toward us in our struggles, fears, unbelief and sin. (intimacy)
    2) A faithful pouring over ALL of the Scriptures…and not just the ‘feel good’ ones. We are but clay, and so are the sheep! God’s Word keeps us in the place of being ‘presently qualified’ to give living water–brokenness! (We preach best what we need most, if we realize we truly need it!)

    It is just not about us, but about Christ Crucified and the hope that offers to all mankind. That which we find so easy to hang on to (pride, self sufficiency) is the very thing the Lord is attempting to strip out of our hearts! Here I am Lord, do it in me!


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