Preaching more often brings growth

June 8th, 2017

I am still in my first year of my role of Pastor of It is something I am really enjoying and growing through.

One thing that I have been told to expect is the “grind” from writing a sermon each week. I was told it will come at some stage. I am not sure if this is the case for all preachers, but it seems a lot find it hard and sometimes it takes its toll.

For me preparing a sermon is a blessing. My heart is to allow the passage to work it’s way from my head to my heart and then back up again.

I ask God to speak to me through the passage and work on my heart and mind. Sometimes I am encouraged by the passage. Other times I am challenged. This usually lasts a few days as I meditate on it.

Then when writing day comes, I just ask God what He wants to say to His people. I have found by writing day God has given me 3-5 points and I just work from there. As I write my sermons out as a full manuscript it can take anywhere from 6-8 hours including the powerpoint presentation.

In saying all of this though, I must say writing more sermons, more often has brought a lot of growth to me personally. There is the growth from the discipline of preparing a message each week, growth from preaching more often, but most importantly there is the growth that comes from prayerfully digging into the Scriptures and asking God to speak.

Preaching for me is far from an academic exercise. It is an exercise of submission to God and His Word and then asking to be used to speak to and bless His people.

God Bless,