Not many should become teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive a stricter judgment,2 for we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who is also able to control his whole body.
I am eager to grow with regard to leveraging my gifts to help others grow through preaching His Word.
Jeremiah was a good preacher and no one changed.
Jesus was a perfect preacher and some were changed.
Jonah was a horrible preacher and everyone changed (except him).
It is essential that we continue to guard the message and equip the messengers to proclaim the Good News of God’s revealed righteousness in His Gospel.
The nuances of style, organization of material, tone, pace , time, etc… are worthwhile areas of dissection and discussion. We can only control what we can control. We should do our very best to honor God as well as we can by our words (and especially those spoken before others in a context where we are elevated to a position of teacher/preacher/prophet/priest etc…)
There is great comfort in being surrounded by a plurality of elders and leaders as one attempts to use all the talents God has given them.
A friend of mine asked an amazingly potent and practical question regarding our morning debriefs of the previous week’s teaching when he said, “What is a successful sermon?”
This is worth thinking about on a weekly basis.
What’s a “win” from the pulpit?
How do we know we “won” from the perspective of the teaching team?
These are the types of things I thought about this morning in reflecting back upon my time this morning with the teachers and leaders from the Salt Co.
I delight to dwell on these types of things.