A while ago the following sentence caught my eye. It’s from Pandora’s bio on the singing group, Hot Chocolate:
“An interracial English funk and soul group, Hot Chocolate scored a pair of huge hits in the 70’s but were otherwise more enthusiastic than skilled.”
This immediately made me think of what someone could say about me or any other preaching pastor.
I recognize that skill levels vary with individuals. It’s that way with athletes. There is LeBron James and there are other basketball players (older blog readers insert Michael Jordan). And it’s that way with preachers. I’m no Tony Evans or Tim Keller.
This week I begin teaching Advanced Homiletics to a class at LBC’s northern Virginia campus. I’m also in the middle of working with a Baltimore pastor in an independent study in Communicating Biblical Truth. So, I’m thinking a lot these days about how to teach hermeneutical and homiletical skills. As always, it forces me to think about how I’m doing. How skillful am I at…
- fighting the good fight of faith? At fighting temptation? At displaying the fruit of the Spirit?
- interpreting how Scripture functions for the Church? At theological exegesis? At understanding the human heart?
- communicating God’s Word in church? At speaking, pace, movement, energy, urgency? At relating to the learners?
Take a look at those three broad categories. What does it take to become more skillful in these areas. It takes intentional, intense prayer. It takes purposeful reading. It takes consistent pastoral interaction (loving and listening).
God help us preach better so that He gets glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:21).
P.S. Preach a good sermon, will ya?!