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My father-in-law, whom i deemed a great preacher long before i married his daughter, spent 1 hr in preparation for every minute he preached (25-28 min). When he joined the Lord a few years ago we found dozens of completed sermons he had prepared but never preached. Great sermons take hours of preparation and sometimes over the course of weeks. We, in the congregations, can tell when the sermon was prepared Friday and Saturday afternoon!
Outstanding post, especially re: the emphasis on doing the hard (and heart) work and not plagiarizing. If our job as pastors is to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that means we're not there to entertain or merely "feed" them (which means so many different things to so many different people). In my opinion, if the Scripture is communicated accurately, if the meaning of the text comes to bear on the lives of those in the congregation, then we have discharged our duty that morning. But in the final analysis, what is the reason we come together on Sundays? If the answer is "to hear a good message" (whatever that means) then we really have failed. The answer is to corporately pour ourselves out in worship to our most worthy God. Of course, instruction in the Scripture is the central way to set the tone, as is the time singing and praying and giving.
Just the kind of reminder I needed as I looked at my blank screen again. Thanks Steve for these incredibly helpful insights!
Exactly what I needed to hear today as I wrestled with my discipline of study and the overhanging deadline. Thanks!
Pastor S Kaikhanmang
Very good advice for pastors
Great truth, insight, and a reminder. It's ironically written on a site that offers 1,000's of sermons for sale.
Great job Steve!
Great insight. It is a struggle each week to come up with the next sermon that feels like it is going to glorify him and not me. I do need to know He is pleased before presenting the message so that I know in my heart someone will be uplifted and challenged.
This really rings true for me as a worship pastor as well, when weekly music sets that need to be creative, powerful, relevant, uplifting, different, and yet familiar all at the same time happen Sunday after Sunday. This is a very encouraging article. Perhaps God is concerned with my process in crafting musical worship as well.
This article is loaded with nurturing insights and gently crafted correctives that put us back on the path.
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