Tuesday is for Preaching
The devil will let a man prepare a sermon if that will keep him from preparing himself.
Men, it is too easy, to fall for the trap of the evil one. He is a liar, the father of lies, a deceiver from the beginning, a defiler and confuser of the mind. (John 8:44, Genesis 3:1-7)
Message preparation is important. Intense, detailed study of the word of God is important (2 Timothy 2:15). Crafting words so that they have penetrating impact and lasting power (Ecclesiastes 12:9-10, Proverbs 15:2) is a worthy work.
But the larger, more important, more powerful preparation is the preparation of our own souls. We need to be men who are trafficking in the truths we preach. We need to be men whose dependence is not on our preparation, our education, or our personality, or our experience but on the work of the Spirit.
Worthless preaching flows from men who prepare messages but not themselves.
Worthless preaching flows from men who study hard and neglect holiness.
Worthless preaching flows from men who craft words for smiles and laughter rather than glory and conviction.
Worthless preaching flows from men who think more of their profession than their King.
Preach for an audience of One.
If He is our audience, we will spend more time in prayer and have more impact for His glory.
2 thoughts on “Worthless Preaching and Preachers Who Preach without Worth”
Yes, and Amen!
We are hear to share Jesus with the world and to bring others into discipleship. When a pastor is not real, it shows. When a pastor is not prepared, it shows. When a pastor is trying to be an entertainer instead of a teacher, it shows. When a pastor fails to live a Godly life and speaks with anger and sarcasm, who will want to follow? A young person said to me, speaking of a pastor, “If that is a Christian, I don’t want to be one!” And…we wonder why attendance is down and why we are hurting financially. When the action of a pastor, betrays the message he or she preaches, who will want to follow?
Thank you for a message in a nutshell that is powerful beyond words. May God bless you. Keep on preaching!