I believe on occasion that most preachers fall into a belief that is not biblical. What do I mean by that? They tend to believe that the church can not function without them, they believe they have to do everything, etc. This probably happens more than we would like to believe. Here are 6 temptations to ignore when preaching:
- The temptation to compare. You are who God made you to be. Do not compare yourself to another preacher. You are not Mark Driscoll or Steven Furtick. You are you. Your church is God’s church. God did not make your church to be the next Fellowship Church, the next Mars Hill church, the next Cornerstone Church or the next Elevation Church. Your church was given God’s vision for your community. Communicate that vision to your church and seek God’s ongoing vision for your church and how to reach your community with the gospel.
- The temptation to compromise. Some preachers will give in to the popular vote. The sermon is one of the places this happens. Often times, the sermon becomes watered down or sugar coated as to not offend the people in the pews. A preacher communicates Scripture on the authority of God. The sermon is no place to compromise or have a “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” mentality.
- The temptation to be critical. Seriously. If you start criticizing people, you open yourself right back up to the same criticism.
- The temptation to be careless. The Word of God is not to be treated with disrespect and when preached it should be done as an act of worship and with an angst and urgency. The gospel is for all people. People should feel loved and appreciated. Do not be careless with how you care for the sheep in the flock that God has allowed you to shepherd.
- The temptation to commit to more than you can possibly do alone. Your main priority is the accurate communication of Scripture to your congregation. Don’t get bogged down doing things that you could easily delegate.
- The temptation to conform. You are not controlled by other pastors, deacons, committees, or anybody else. You have authority based on Scripture. You do not need to jump through hoops to please anybody. The only conforming you should be doing is conforming more to the image of Christ.
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