- What Do I Preach – Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit – You will either already have a conviction, like,
You were just meditating, and some light suddenly fell on some scripture or some moral question………..
- Or maybe you were talking to someone about some thing and suddenly it all came clear to you…………. And you felt that you just HAD to tell about it.
Or, You will need to seek for conviction
- God treats us all as individuals, and He might talk to you in a dream, or words in your head, or in visions and pictures or when you are looking on His handiwork, e.g., a sunset, or when you are browsing thru His Word. It is the ‘still small voice’ that we really need to be very quiet and still to hear.
- If prayer can be defined as communing with God, then the conviction you seek will be found in one of the above types of ‘prayer’.
What NOT to DO
- Don’t start ‘writing it down and constructing a sermon’ – if God wants you to preach He will give you the conviction to share and the words to express it!
- Don’t go looking up information, or reading ‘suitable’ books for inspiration. What happened to other people or in other places is irrelevant to your testimony and can only be second-hand when you tell it!
- Our God is creative, He is never stale or boring – He always has a fresh message if we are prepared to look for it.
- Do believe, that when He promised to ‘supply all our needs’, that He actually meant just that. Our need of something to share when we preach is no different from our need of food and clothing, and it is easy to trust Him for our ‘daily bread’ – Right?
The Structure of the Message
- The order you make your points is the same order that they are given to you – often it is simply following the relevant reading(s) verse by verse.
The Whole Service
- If you apply the same contemplative method to the whole service, you will easily find the appropriate songs/hymns to sing and the prayer subjects to use. If others choose the songs – you can rely on His Holy Spirit to guide them to select appropriate praise and worship themes.
- There you have it – the way to learn what to preach as you learn how to preach