Pastor, has familiarity caused you to settle for a mediocrity that keeps you from putting God's shining glory before the glory-blind week after week after week?
In his brief work “Simplicity in preaching”, the former Bishop of Liverpool provides wise counsel to the novice-preacher in need of clarity.
If you can preach to your congregation’s hearts – so that they sense God’s exalted glory, they love Jesus for his gracious sacrifice, and rely on the Spirit for power – they will figure out what tangible actions they need to take to glorify God with their life.
- How does this topic/passage fit into the big story of Scripture?
- What is distinctively Christian about the way I am addressing the topic/passage?
- How does this truth equip God's church to live on mission?
I find it helpful to classify the various sins under the headings of ‘Heart’, ‘Mouth’, and ‘Body’. Interestingly enough, when the NT authors speak of sin they are most often speaking about your heart, even before your words or your actions.
Someone might say, "But that’s only half an answer to the question 'Why?'" Yes, but it is the half that we need ... We should not expect to be able to grasp all God’s purposes, but through the Cross and gospel of Jesus Christ, we can know his love. And that is what we need most.
Start practicing the traits of an impresario, today. Connect two people or ideas together and start something. It may be the start to something revolutionary. It may be something that will fail, but guess what? You will learn more by starting something rather than doing nothing.
How do your really “get-r-done,” when it comes to big life goals. How can you stay focused on the longer horizon but take small but real steps each day?
My first official job was at a Burger King in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. In the spirit of “All I ever needed to know I learned somewhere entirely unrelated,” here is what I learned about being a writer at Burger King.