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Lifted by The Accompanying Presence (pt. 1)

An interview with Bill Hybels about how he experiences the Holy Spirit in the preparation and delivery of a message.

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Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series.

PreachingToday.com: Tell a story of a memorable time when you felt you preached in the power of the Spirit.

Bill Hybels: For me, being moved by the Holy Spirit in preaching is often more dramatic when I'm preparing a sermon than when I'm in the pulpit delivering it.

I can think of a time recently when I was anchored out on a boat and I had been praying and studying a text, and the ideas began to flow. I grabbed pen and paper, and I wrote as fast as my hand would allow me to write for probably an hour and a half. In one setting I put an entire message together, got down on my knees on the deck of the boat, and said, The greatest miracle of this sermon has already taken place. This was a gift I didn't deserve—the spiritual gift of preaching and teaching deposited in my life—and the Holy Spirit energized that gift that afternoon. That it worked as mysteriously and supernaturally as it did still overwhelms me.

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kingsley mensah

January 18, 2012  4:51pm

i am very much grateful for pastor Bill Hybels for assistance in preparation of sermons they are real and true.

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