Re-tell the story

June 22nd, 2009

One of the best peices of advice I got about preaching from an older friend was this, “Just re-tell the story and do it in a simple way. If you preach Christ and the cross, you can’t go wrong”. That peice of advice has always stayed with me.

As I read 1 Corinthians chapter 2 this morning is sounded very similar to what Paul was saying in verses 1-5. It says…

1When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.

Paul’s heart was that people would put their faith in Christ. He didn’t want to have people look to him and his earthly wisdom. He wanted their faith to be focussed firmly on Christ and to be built upon a demonstration of the of the power of God’s Spirit.

If you are new to preaching and are not sure what to talk about. Why not take the advice that was given to me by a wise older saint. “Just re-tell the story and do it in a simple way. If you preach Christ and the cross, you can’t go wrong”.