“Preaching it” is easier than living it. This creates significant problems when our speaking talent outweighs our personal character. Therefore, it is imperative that we, as shepherds, shepherd ourselves – that we hear the Word, do the Word, and preach to ourselves first. That’s why I love Joe Thorn’s book Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself (Re: Lit Books).
Let me focus in for a moment on Simon Peter, one of the key disciples surrounding Jesus. You may know the story by heart in which Peter asserted that He would never dessert the Lord Jesus, to which Jesus replied, “Before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.” Sure enough, Peter forsook his allegiance to the Lord Jesus and denied Him, even cursing, to distance Himself from the cross.
John Calvin published 22 volumes of commentaries on the Bible and Martin Lloyd-Jones published 9 volumes on Romans alone. What if you could remove all of the non-essential language, antiquated stories, and strip all of that knowledge down to some bite-sized, transportable truths? There is certainly room for argument against such condensation of historic works, but we have to realize that we live in a society inundated with more information in a day than Calvin consumed in a year.
It was precisely eleven years ago when my father-in-law and I traveled to Saddleback Church for the Preaching for Life Change conference taught by Rick Warren and Tom Holladay. And it was definitely life-changing and ministry-altering. It changed the way I preached in multiple ways…
Pastor, God called you to lead. (If you’re not a Pastor, but you have a Pastor, God called your Pastor to lead you.) He didn’t call you to lead by consensus or by permission. He called you to lead by following His voice, and to do it boldly.
I preach in English, because it’s all I know. I took Spanish in college, but sat next to my wife and stayed distracted the whole semester – wound up with a C. But I’m not really getting at language in the sense of nationalities or tribal traditions. What I want to know is, do you speak human?
Angie and I have been walking through the process of following God’s call to a new ministry. We had a very emotional morning today at Bethel as we shared the news that I am resigning as Pastor and my last Sunday will be July 4th. I am accepting a position on the pastoral staff of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California and we’ll be moving there in early July.
Possible working concept for the camp theme for the Meramec Baptist Association's summer youth camp.
At our church, we use PowerPoint at the moment, but we’re looking into a few other great church/worship presentation platforms. No matter what you use, I thought this was a really cool idea. What went through my head was a Pastor jotting his notes down during the week, then literally allowing his notes to be shared with the entire congregation in this fashion… pretty cool idea.