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Trust the Entire Worship Service to Change Lives

I am growing as a preacher because I am learning to trust that God transforms people through every aspect of the worship service, including the sermon.

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Ironically, I am growing as a preacher as I de-emphasize my preaching ministry. As I write these words, I know I risk alienating Matt Woodley and the rest of the staff at PreachingToday.com who have devoted themselves to helping poor preachers like me communicate God's Word more effectively. So let me quickly say that I believe that week-by-week preaching is often the most important task assumed by every minister. Based on this truth, we should continually hone our skills and cultivate our craft so we can see God bear Gospel fruit through our handling of his Word. To that end, the pastoral staff at our multi-congregational church meets every Tuesday to discuss the upcoming sermon text and critique the sermon from the previous week. The goal for this weekly evaluation is to help us grow and prepare more effectively as preachers.

That being said, I am growing as a preacher because I am learning to trust that God transforms people through every aspect of the worship service, and of course ...

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Bernard Jackson

April 28, 2014  9:33am

Emmett Johnson, an American Baptist denominational leader, once said that we should think of worship like a cafeteria line with many offerings where today I find one element of worship speaks to me while on another Sunday a different element speaks. I agree that worship is the totality of the experience where each element leads us into the presence of the Lord.

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