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Preachers Should Stop Doing This One Thing

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

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Disclaimer

This is not to criticize any minister because I am an ordained minister myself. I was licensed in 1995 and ordained in 1996. I have been teaching a course in Sermon Preparation since I graduated from seminary in 1998 with dual degrees in Christian Education and Theology.

This article is to offer help because people need meaningful preaching and teaching now more than ever in light of what is going on around us and in our midst.

There are several avenues to listen to a variety of sermons not only on Sundays but also doing the week. I have seen and heard a lot of things that would not make me want to serve God according to some of what I hear and see.

Because several avenues are available, anyone can go online to "call themselves preaching" even if they have not been called to do so. Most of the time, it is opinionated preaching that is void of the "word of God." Therefore, the preaching has no power that will help anyone in the midnight hours when their pillows are soaked with tears.

The Word of God Should Dominate Every Sermon

Some preachers need to go back to the drawing board and re-evaluate how they are helping their congregations at times like these. If they needed to preach the word of God, it is now and not a moment later.

Because of COVID-19, a lot of church services are still not being held in the sanctuary, Instead, they are on the church's website, Facebook Live, Zoom, and YouTube. That means there is a wider audience than the number of people who would normally be in a local church. Since the service is recorded, it can be viewed and listened to long after the service is over.

Things I Have Heard That I Hope to Never Hear Again

These are true stories. I was watching a church service on Faceback and a leader of the church read the scripture and at the end said, "I have read the first three verses from Philippines 4." There is no such book as Philippines, and the religious leader should have known that.

A religious leader often goes on Facebook Live and gives what she calls a "biblical teaching." On one occasion, she said she was basing her teaching on Corinthians. There is no such book as Corinthians. There are First Corinthians and Second Corinthians. However, the person never indicated either one.

On one occasion, a different religious leader read Psalm 23. She announced at the beginning that she was going to read "Palm 23." If people thought it was just an honest mistake and perhaps a slip of the tongue, they had no doubt when at the end, she said she had read the "twenty-third palm."

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One Thing Preachers Should Stop Doing

Surely, there might be more than one thing that preachers should stop doing. However, the one thing referred to in this article is that preachers should stop preaching themselves. Instead, they should preach the word of God and Jesus Christ crucified, according to First Corinthians 2:2.

It is understandable if preachers cite their opinions sparingly, but without the word of God, their opinions mean nothing except to tickle people's itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3).

The word of God should dominate every sermon and every biblical teaching. If that is not the case, it is not a sermon or biblical teaching. It is merely a speech that includes a summary of the news of the day full of "personal opinions."

When God and His Son Jesus Christ do not dominate the contents and delivery of a sermon or biblical teaching, three things are left undone.

  1. God is not glorified as He should be.
  2. Preachers have not been a true witnesses to who God is and what He can do.
  3. Hearers are not edified because there is no power in man's opinions.
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Final Words

If you are a minister or religious leader in the church, know that it is time to move from preaching yourself and giving only your personal opinions to preaching the gospel, which is the good news of the saving power of Jesus Christ. Preach so that you will help those you serve to have a more meaningful relationship with God.

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).

Don't be satisfied until everyone under your leadership comes to the full knowledge of God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

If you have found this article helpful, please share with those who say Philippines instead of the Book of Philippians and palm instead of Psalm. Let others know that Paul wrote two letters, First and Second Corinthians to the Church at Corinth.

Comments

Sp Greaney from Ireland on December 08, 2020:

I think a lot of religious leaders now have an opportunity to attract followers. Being able to use online platforms is much more convenient.

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