Some were not interested in lose their power and their corrupt privileges. Others preferred to continue their religious life with a “straw God”.
We need to listen well, watch carefully, pray diligently, and keep in mind that in pastoral care situations there will be multiplied factors at play.
The preacher speaks a message that is intensely personal, yet also expansively global in scope.
It is good to rethink the gospel presentations we use.
Most of the time most of us remain blissfully unaware of riches with which we have not yet engaged.
Both content and form speak of the divine heart beating on every page of the Bible.
If you are telling David’s story with Goliath, much better to have a stone in your hand than to be wearing authentic shepherding garb from 1000BC.
The fact of Jesus’ death for us is an objective truth that should grip us and reassure us. Was I wanted? Most definitely, yes. The cross has proven that!
Scars can be powerful preaching aids, but open wounds rarely are.
We are totally vulnerable before him, whether we know it or not, he knows us.
For years I sat and heard messages that seemed to be targeted at someone else (and often that someone else was not there). What a wasted opportunity.
Here are some favourites that preachers sometimes find themselves repeating.
Morning always comes. We live in darkness, but we live with hope. And our hope is God Himself.
We should take the angst we feel about crowns and rewards and then let that energy drive us into the Bible to explore what God is like.
Is there a Bible school where you could take a single course? Diligently hunt the best books to read, as well as well-informed people to engage with in conversation.
We need to be people who guard hearts in the church environment. Good music and good preaching is not enough.
We are to forgive first, then either we can bear with, or we need to approach and proactively address the situation.
When we handle the Bible carelessly we demonstrate a lack of value for our God’s communicative nature.
Too many gospel presentations offer only a ticket to heaven when you die. And too many Christians are walking around with hope of comfort tied exclusively to that end of life anticipation.
Don’t let your homiletical skill get ahead of biblical and theological awareness. People will praise a public speaker, but they need a preacher who is biblically and theologically healthy.