Preaching the Gospel

Sunday Services May 31 and June 7 2For the past few weeks I have been meditating on what I will be preaching May 31 and June 7, 2009. It has been ten years now since I began preaching from the pulpit. Each time is a nervous moment. I desire to be conscious of what God desires me to say. In the meantime, I try to consider the season on the Christian calendar, the life events of my church family, the local community events, as well as, the global happenings and how they affect our lives. Most importantly, I try to focus on the biblical text. I enjoy that part. The text has so much to say to us. The late Rev. Dr. Miles Jones, my homiletic professor, used to say, “What is the condition of existence of the text.” Mmmm…. what words do I have to ponder as I pull together my manuscript. In the midst of it all, I try to be guided by the Spirit. I have come not to think whether or not the congregation will like the message, as long as I am faithful to God in delivering it. In spite of the size of the congregation, there are a few who will appreciate what is being said. It is those who will allow God’s word to be planted in their hearts and someday manifestation of that Word comes to be a major part of developing God’s Kingdom.

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