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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Top Sign You Shouldn't Preach

You own this:

The description for this product reads:
Do Monday mornings find you wondering what to preach about next Sunday? Does it seem there's never enough time to prepare sermons? Help is on the way! Let this time-saving tool help you produce and present relevant biblical sermons all year long. Includes 104 outlines, ideas for creating a preaching schedule, and bulletin inserts. 224-page notebook with CD, from Beacon Hill.


OK, maybe that's a little harsh. I'm sure this could sit on the shelf in your office and you could still be qualified to preach. However, there are few concepts I find as troubling as the first sentence: Do Monday mornings find you wondering what to preach about next Sunday?

I will acknowledge that preaching once is a very difficult task. When you are only given one Sunday, it is nearly impossible to narrow down to one passage. However, if you are the regular preacher, how in the world can you have no idea what you will be preaching on?

Please, if you struggle to know what to preach one, try two things: a) Preach a book of the Bible. Let the text determine your message. b) Read a good book on why we should preach. If it an exercise in your church simply because it has always existed, that's not the reason to preach.

For if you don't understand why you should preach, no resource can help you produce and present relevant biblical sermons.

2 Comments:

  • At 5:36 PM, Blogger ~d said…

    and then there are those of us who couldn't put together a good sermon with or without that resource.

     
  • At 8:05 PM, Blogger danny2 said…

    though an sermon to the entire church body is clearly not your calling...

    i have a hard time believing a teacher of your abilities could not articulate the passion you have for Christ, by walking a group of ladies through a passage.

    you sell yourself short.

     

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