I was talking to someone the other day about how often our “kingdom building” is nothing more than “rearranging the seats.” Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that you must worship at one particular location. Neither am I arguing that what we commonly call “church hopping” should be condemned as something that should never happen, but what I am saying is that this phenomenon does seem to hide little progress as the kingdom growing.
As this cartoon illustrates, before and after these changes we end up with the same amount of folks going. Have we done anything? Is this kingdom building? What can or should we do?
Is Your Turn Coming? This is the biggest question that I get at SoulPreaching.Com so I drew a cartoon. I have talked about it in previous articles and I have even agonized as the one waiting. When will our time come?
The important point to remember is that there is a work for you to do right now. In addition, we need to remember to be open to allowing our calling to take us into other places we might not have originally considered.
Finally, we must remember to be ready, for just as the good Reverend in our comic found out, your day may be right around the corner. Be ready for it.
We often hear preachers pronounce Greek and Hebrew words in sermons. Sometimes they seem to be clarifying the message by appealing to an obscure word. Whatever the intent, one can easily confuse more than enlighten by pronouncing and appealing to words that the people have no real idea of knowing. If we are real, sometimes we pronounce words simply to demonstrate to the people that we have studied or to show off our education. Certainly that is not always the case, but it is probably more often true than we would like to admit.
Certainly we should use Greek and Hebrew in our PREPARATION, but when we get to our PRESENTATION should we? Sometimes referring to obscure points effectively removes the Bible from the hand of the people as they wonder if they can even understand it without the help of professionals.
We must be careful how we make use of our materials, otherwise we will make our people think that they can’t understand the Bible without us.