If You Ain’t Saying Nothing, Why Are You Preaching?

How many times have you got in the pulpit and weren’t saying anything worth hearing?

Somebody said,

“There are two kinds of preachers…

Those who have to say SOMETHING…

And THOSE who have SOMETHING TO SAY!”

Hmmm….

If you don’t…

Then you will fall into the trap of “Saying something.”

Saying anything…

And then toss a whoop on the end and hope the people don’t realize you have just served them slop…

Did you get that?

Some folks just have to say something…ANYTHING.

But there are some who have something to say.

A preacher gains something to say by connection to the divine through the spiritual disciplines including prayer and study.

Having something to say comes from an in-depth look at the scripture.

Having something to say comes from time and in-depth work.

However, too many preachers simply resort to just saying something…

These preachers take shortcuts. They copy a sermon off of the Internet because of sloth or placing other things above the preparation for the moment of preaching…

It ain’t important what they say, so they say Something…

They grab the latest edition of a sermon periodical and preach a sermon verbatim, but have not done the work that is necessary to have something to say.

Too often preachers who must say something will whoop or yell or use some other aspect of African American preaching style to hide the fact that they don’t have anything to say.

Yelling about nothing ain’t preaching…

Whooping about nothing ain’t preaching…

They are happy to hear people shouting…but don’t worry about giving them something to shout about…

The great blessing is that any preacher who God has called can have “something to say” rather than just being one who “must say something.”

It is time to get back on that devotional program of Bible study and prayer.

It is time to start looking at the scripture exegetically.

Don’t settle for just saying something. Have something to say…

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Till next time…

Brother Sherman.

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Sherman Haywood Cox II

Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.