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Sermon Prep in the Shower

You know what….

I have said this before…

But my sermon prep happens literally…

EVERYWHERE…

Sometimes I am practicing the sermon while driving to work…

Yep…If you drive by me, you will see me in there preaching….

No one really thinks about it, I assume, because everyone is talking on phones with Bluetooth devices anyway…

So you know, I don’t look out of the ordinary…

But…I go through my sermons while driving.

Today, I was in the shower…

Yep…in the shower…

And I started preaching a sermon I was working on…

And God gave me something.

Something that fit in perfectly…

May be an illustration…

May be a conlcusion….

May be something else…

But God gives me something…and sometimes it is so good that I have to go grab some paper right then to write it down.

ok..so why am I telling you this?

Becuase..like I said yesterday….you need to put some “TIME” in your preparation…

Great preaching has

Solid scholarship…you have used whatever ability you have to get at the Bible writer’s intent.

That will look like original language study if you know them. It will look like reading in multiple contexts the chapter…book….etc… It will look like appealing to commentaries.

It also includes Understanding of the needs of your people.

That will look like having talked to them. Having struggled with them. Visited them.

It also includes Spirit leading.  Has the Spirit lead you in your preparation? Has the Spirit lead you in your putting together the points? Has the spirit lead. 

Great Preacher or Great Pastor

What would you rather be…

A great pastor….

Or a Great Preacher?

Yeah, I know you want to be both..

But what if you had to choose one?

A great pastor is going to mentor and disciple folks to help them become better representatives of the most high God.

The great preacher is going to provide messages that are like time bombs to blow up in the minds of the people…they blow up messages of hope and power right when the hearer needs it…

A great pastor is loved by the people and when the people need somebody to stand beside them in life’s struggles…they call the pastor…

A great preacher is loved by the people as well..and when a word of hope and power is needed…they pop in the tape or turn on the mp3 player to the preacher’s message…

In the final analysis…

God sends the great pastor…when the great pastor is needed…

And God sends the great preacher…when the great preacher is needed…

So which is better?

Both are needed…and both have their place…

And if you are a great preacher….be the great preacher God called you to be…and go head and work on those pastoral skills…

If you are a great pastor…be that great pastor…and yes work on those preaching skills…

The historic Black pastor and preacher helped us through the pains and hurts with a combination of pastoring and preaching and mentoring..and advocacy skills that allowed a people to make it through what they couldn’t make it through otherwise…

And that’s what my work is about….

If you want to see how this translates into a homieltic framework..then check out my homileitc at http://www.superchargeyoursermons.net.

Audio – Bible Teaching in the Church

I sent out a request for tips on Bible Teaching. Specifically how to strengthen Sunday/Sabbath school and the Wednesday Night Bible Study. Pastor Anthony Watson provided some very helpful tips and that is the basis of this audio.

Check it out.

Download Here.

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