There is this tension I've been feeling every week when I preach. How can I inspire or encourage a congregation to something bigger, something better, something more divine, if I myself have that same struggle? Honestly, I've decided that I need to hear my own sermons. I hope and I pray that taking that perspective won't create some kind of hypocritical stance, but rather this solidarity with the church. I long to glean things from scripture and the word. Let's face it, I will never be perfect enough in any area to preach as if they need it and I don't. We need it. So I will preach to myself and to my church for the sake of God and His kingdom.
I've been reading Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley. Most of what I'm thinking is because of this book. So here are some things I'm thinking about as I put together my sermon each week.
1. How is this text/topic affecting me? -am I living this way and what questions is it churning inside me?
2. How will this text reach my audience? -What questions are we as people asking about this text/topic and about life in general?
3. What can I share with the audience that can give us direction and help change lives? This is truly a Holy Spirit movement of the sermon and the preparation of the sermon. This is where the covering of prayer becomes crucial
We are moving together as a community of faith! The entire worship service should be forming us into a type of community that is moving along the journey, joining God in the work he is already doing.
May God bless this cliche and the preaching of His word.