In light of our last post on “common pitfalls” here are a few more observations (both negative and positive) on the intersection of pastoral ministry and our preaching:
- Preaching great sermons should not be a cover for poor shepherding (1 Peter 5).
- Beware of preaching that is not applied personally.
- Beware of preaching that is not applied publicly.
- Don’t make an idol out of a theological system especially if it prevents you from making specific conclusions about special issues in the text.
- Preaching that encourages pure doctrine to the exclusion of pure religion is sub-christian (James 1:27).
- Learn to preach in weakness, fear and in much trembling….the opposite is a kamikaze pride (1 Cor. 2:3).
- Show the congregation that your preaching is dependent on the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:4-5).
- Learn to embrace anything (e.g., “thorn”) that will keep you from exalting yourself (2 Cor. 12:5-7).
- Don’t hide behind terms like “missional” and “contextualization” in order to justify worldly desires and carnality (2 Cor. 1:12).