What are you preaching?
In today’s day and age, it can be very easy for a Pastor/Minister to get into a preaching mode whereby they are constantly telling stories or sharing information about themselves in a sermon. I am not saying this is a bad thing to do once in a while, as a means to get to a greater story. But the Pastor is not to be the center of the message he is conveying in his sermon.
The Apostle Paul had the right idea when it came to giving a sermon or sharing information with those he was ministering to. In 1 Corinthians 2 the Apostle declares this statement of faith, “And, when I came to you, brothers, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith may not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
What Paul was saying in all manner was that the focus was not to be on him, but instead on the power of God in Christ Jesus and the power of God working through His Holy Spirit. Paul’s story was not his story, it was the story of the crucified and risen Savior of the world, Christ Jesus. The Apostle knew he had nothing to do with bringing salvation to men. What he did know was the One who offered up his life on a cross for the forgiveness of mankind’s sins. Paul was certainly not the Messiah, but he was the person called to boldly proclaim Christ crucified and risen. And He faithfully carried out the work he was specifically given to do.
What a wonderful example Paul is to those who are called to preach and teach in their churches, communities, and within the mission field. To God be all glory, honor, and praise, who out of love came into this world in the person of Jesus to bring salvation to a lost and sin-filled world. There is no other name under heaven by which man might be saved. For a Pastor/Minister to have the amazing privilege to announce this Good News there is no greater calling. May we as Pastors decrease so our Lord and Savior Jesus would increase! Pastor McCarty