Pastor Appreciation Month: Day #9
October is Pastor Appreciation Month.
Take time today to express to your pastor how much he means to you.
The Pastor and His Sermon Preparation
God is a God of order. The Scriptures tells us “Let all things be done decently and in order (I Corinthians 14:40).” Everything that is said or done in a worship service is important. However, it is the sermon, the preaching of the Word of God that is the most important part of the worship service. The pastor is fully aware of this; therefore, he must always take his sermon preparation very serious. The preacher who is Spirit driven, Spirit led, and Spirit dependent will also be Spirit empowered! Preaching is truly the Spirit's ministry. What the Holy Spirit illumines in the study, He will empower in the pulpit. True, we need to prepare for what we have studied, but Oswald Chambers said, “The thing to prepare is not the sermon, but the preacher.”
In preparing a message I prescribe the following pattern:
1. The Example of Jesus
If time alone with the Father was important to Jesus it should be of the utmost importance to each of us as men of God. In meditating Jesus would come apart from the crowd and often even His disciples. The Lord needed this time to discern the voice of God in His every movement.
2. The Experience of Jesus.
In coming apart from the crowd Jesus would often be found praying to His heavenly father. In watching His movements, we find Him praying in the garden, on top of the mountain, He even spent 40 days in the wilderness fasting and praying to His Heavenly Father. If time alone with God was important to Him, we must ask ourselves if it is important to our lives. In meditating we allow the voice of God to talk to us.
Every message must have three things:
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