You are an Associate Minister and you want to become a more effective minister of the Gospel? What steps should you take? How can I Support the church, my senior pastor, and my ministry? Elder Cox provides an answer to that question in this important audio.
After pushing I realized she was talking about a shout and a sermon that speaks to her daily living. She wanted a preacher to help her deal with the troubles and cares of this world.
All of that is good, but I wanted to know if the preachers biblical exegesis mattered? Did it matter if the preacher was using the Bible or simply pulling thoughts from the air? Did it matter if the preacher spoke of how to be an effective witness for Christ rather than just about how to feel good about our circumstances. Did it matter if the preacher helped the people love God and God’s people better or just that the preacher shouted when the preacher preached?
Well my friend told me that she didn’t want to hear dry doctrine but have a living connection to God. At the end of the day, I still don’t know if my friend cares about a Gospel that changes the person into a better picture of the Most High God or doees she just want to shout about a God that will make her feel better down here.
But as preachers, we must bring that word. A powerful word that will change even those who have come just to shout and go home unchanged. It is our job to bring these people face to face with the God that will bring the possibility of change to all who have the audacity to come into that God’s presense.
Great preaching must engage the mind. I don’t know how many times I have heard a preacher get up there and simply attempt to engage the emotions. These preachers get a shout but don’t help the people in reality. Too often the congregation simply lets them off the hook. Don’t let someone serve you slop week after week and then throw sugar on top. Dung is dung even if there is a celebration at the end.
No great preaching requires solid exegesis. It requires an interaction with the scripture. This is not your one minute glance for something to shout about, but an internal look for what God is saying to lead this congregation forward.
But yes, great preaching does have an emotive dimension. No matter how great your content is, if you are not excited by it, how can you expect someone else to be. Great preaching requires an interaction with truth that is so real that it jumps off the page into the feet, head, heart, and hands of the preacher. And then after having done that, the people will be able to say “I looked at my hands, and they looked new, I looked at my feet, and they did to.
Great preaching must engage the head and the heart. It is time for preachers to stop shirking their duty and to be true to both. Is that not why God called you?