I hear stories like this all the time. God does use our preaching to effect change. God does use our preaching to cause people to live a better life than they otherwise would. There are people who are presently members of the Kingdom of God because of what God did through some of our sermons. Sermons have shaken kingdoms.
Oh yes, God uses sermons to bless us in powerful ways. I’m talking about the sermon that God used to help you through a particularly trying time. You know where the preacher seemed to know your story exactly and applied the “Balm of Gilead” that strengthened your soul.
Yes, you also know the rod that came from a preacher who could not possibly know your story, but God used that preacher to chastise and inspire you to better living.
And what about the sermons that provide a picture of a better life? God uses sermons! We preachers sometimes fall short. We preachers sometimes miss the mark. Sometimes we end up pandering to our people. Sometimes we lose our way and attempt to merely get someone to shout. But I can tell you today that great preaching matters. Great preaching is worth the effort. Significant preaching will make a difference here and forever.
Your people are longing, praying, and hoping for some significant preaching. And this weekend, many of us will give that Word of life to those who desperately need it.
Preaching Matters….Let us Preach like it does…
I wanted to answer a question related to our very well received article entitled “Preach Something Significant.” Many readers saw this as a needed corrective to a lot of the preaching that we see today that does not address things that ultimately matter.
One question was “Should we preach somethign significant when the senior pastor does not pull out the belt and whip the people?”
The question demonstrates a misconception of “significant preaching.” The questioner seems to confuse significant preaching with “whipping the people. No, preaching something significant does not necessarily mean whipping the people. Some preachers only do this and can beat the life out of a congregation. I address this on Youtube in a video entitled “Always Beating Up The People.”
No, I am talking about preaching something that matters beyond how much money you are making or which car you will drive. No, I am talking about preaching God’s kingdom and how we join that kingdom and how being a member of that kingdom changes our living in this world. This includes what I vote for, what do I eat, what do I drive? as well as many other questions. Ultimately What difference does it make that I am a member of God’s kingdom? A Christianity that does not affect these things and others is not worth anything.
So, Significant Preaching reminds us that even if we don’t whip the people we can help people to understand living God’s life in this world. Stop preaching what is on television or because you are trying to move up the ladder. Instead preach something significant. Yes, Preach the Word!!! 2 Timothy 4:2.
“God’s got a blessing for you.”
Well, yeah, but what is the blessing? And are their any ethical implications of that blessing? And furthermore is that all you gonna preach every week?
“God is gonna hook you up.”
“Tell the Devil that you are taking back all the stuff he has taken from you. Come on stand up and let’s give the Devil a headache lets stomp that ole Devil on the head.”
Is this what our preaching has come to? Are we simply preaching about a cosmic Bellhop that gives us goodies? While we go get back “our stuff” from the Devil?
What has happened to our preaching? Where are the prophets? Where are the ones who have the willingness to stand up and say “thou art the man” to wickedness in “high places?” Where are those who are willing to say to leaders “What you are doing is wrong, but there is a God who forgives and heals?”
What has happens to our preaching? We used to hear about a God that is with us in the depths of our pains, but now we have a god that doesn’t allow any pain to happen to us!
What has happened to our preaching?
My sister and brother preachers What do you expect your people to become when fed a steady diet of “God gonna bless you..God gonna hook you up?” And never fed the truth of God’s holiness and the expectations of members of the kingdom of God? come on…what is going on?
Why is so much of our preaching turning into shoddy theology? why are preachers using the pulpit to pummel their enemies or kiss the behind of their friends? Why has the pulpit become less than it should. My sister and brother preachers no wonder our people expect forgiveness without repentance.
My sister and brother preachers, stop preaching mess! Stop preaching parts, preach the whole book. Go head on and preach Grace, but preach what Grace does to you.
This weekend…stop preaching a part of the gospel. Stop preaching a piece. Buck the trend! Preach something significant! Preach something that matters! We don’t need another “ditto head” copy of some television preacher. God chose you to preach so preach…preach the truth….
Stop it! Stop it! My sister and brother preachers, it is way past time to continue on with that mess!
To be honest, I have been in a very cynical mood about preaching as of late. What are we doing and why are we doing it!? Those two questions have caused me to go back and attempt to re-think this site and my work to this point. As I thought about these questions a saying came to mind…you might even call it a mantra. What is it?
Yes, please stop preaching what you saw on TV or what you heard on the radio! You know it seems, in many cases, that we preachers have become simply parrots of the prevailing order. We are “ditto heads” spouting the status quo.
If one wanted to find the biggest problem in Christianity then listen to the preachers. Whatever most preachers are avoiding in their sermons. Whatever most preachers are not addressing. Those things are probably going to be the things that are most needed today.
Oh yes, we preachers often demonstrate what is important by our avoiding certain subjects to ensure our popularity. If legalism is the great problem of the day, then you will probably find a majority of preachers preaching against the evils of lawlessness and the need to “tow the line.”
However, if the opposite is the problem. If lawlessness runs rampant. If people live as if Christianity has nothing at all to do with contemporary living. If we have our musicians thanking God for the strength to make music that demeans our women and glorifies the worst in our community while gyrating in scantily clad adornment. Then you will have preachers condemning as legalists those who see this mess.
In other words, you have what you have now! Preacher preaching against the evils of legalism and condemning the alleged “pharisees in the church” while not saying a mumbling word about the perveuyers of evil and wickedness in our church and community. That aint prophetic! That ain’t what you were called to do.
No…stop preaching what is easy. Stop preaching what everybody else is preaching! Preach the truth! Preach Something Significant!
This is certainly gonna make some folks mad and angry, but if you are gonna preach something significant then somebody is gonna get mad. Change can’t come while you are kissing behinds. Significant Preaching requires letting people know the real demands of the God’s Coming Kingdom. Significant preaching requires letting people know how to become a member of God’s Coming Kingdom. Yes forgiveness is a part of Significant preaching but so are ethics. Yes grace is a part of Significant preaching but so is a changed life.
If your religion can’t change the way you live down here, why do you think it will translate you into paradise in the life to come? No, I want a religion that has the power to change me. I want to sing with the Hawkins Singers, “A Change has come over me!” I want to “look at my hands and they looked new, then look at my feet, and they did to!” Preach that! Preach something significant.
Stop telling the people about the cars and boats and houses they will get when they “plant a seed.” Stop telling the people about “getting their stuff back from the devil.” No, instead why don’t you preach the gospel of the kingdom!
Amos 8:11 says
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
We are here now. We have preaching everywhere. It is on the internet, on the radio, and on the television airwaves. And in the midst of all of this too many of us preachers are contributing to the famine. Let us as preachers stop contributing to the famine. My sisters and brothers, that is where we are now. And it is time to stand up and start preaching it before it is too late.
Preach Something Significant!