A Long, Rich Conversation with God (pt. 2)
The joy of depending on the Lord for a sermon.See theme
What relationship do you see between your praying and the effectiveness of your preaching?
I find great joy that just about every time I do a sermon someone will say, "You wrote that for me, didn't you? You were in my living room, weren't you?"
I say, "No, I wasn't," and, "No, I didn't," but somebody else was. And I rejoice in that. In fact, most of the people who say that to me after the sermon are people I didn't have in mind while I was writing. And the people I did have in mind often don't come.
Here at the college, too, students will say after a message, "I just needed to hear that," and "It got into my soul." And I think, Oh Lord, you spoke again.
The Word not only informs; it transforms. I see the power of the Spirit effect more than a cognitive exercise, even more than a devotional exercise. God makes preaching something deeper, a further conforming into the image of Christ.
Give us an example ...