One of the most important requirements for preachers who have the audacity to stand in a pulpit is to “say something important.” Those three words alone if followed would help preachers preach effective and powerful sermons that apply to the hopes, dreams,and needs of their congregation.
The first part of this statement is to “say something.” Have you ever listened to a preacher who spent too much time either giving the background of the text or had so many equivocations and explanations that there didn’t seem to be a guiding point?
Preachers must have the audacity to say “This is the Word of God for the people of God…” “This is what God said…” and yes, “This is what God is saying…” This is a powerful and awesome responsibility to speak the “oracles of God,” but it is one we must do if we are true to our calling as Christian clergy.
Yes we must tell the word something!
Preach Important Truth
Next, we must say something “important.” What we preach must be truth, but truth is not enough. It must be a valuable truth. It must be a truth that is truly needed by the congregation right now. It is a truth that is based in the Word. It must be based in the clashing of the Biblical record and present human circumstances.
If you are going to preach based in what Truth is not enough, it must be important. And this importance supersedes the call of the self-help guru. We are not called to simply preach a word that makes people feel better about themselves. We are not called to simply preach a word that causes people to shout. No we are not called to preach a word that even makes people thing. We are called to preach a word that the world needs at this very hour. We are called to say “thus saith the Lord.” We are called to give a message that God will use to prepare a people for the in-breaking kingdom of God.
Preach One Truth
Before I go, I must hasten to add an important point implicit in this statement. The statement says to “say something” and not to “say everything.” Some of us when we stand to preach think that we are professors giving lectures of facts that the people must remember for a test that will be graded by the one who will determine if we know all that we should know.
Please tell your people one major point in your sermon. Apply it well to the circumstances of your people. Celebrate the truth of that major point. And then next week bring another point to add to the arsenal of your members. Remember preaching is a marathon not a sprint.
Over the course of your many years of preaching you will foster a change for the better amongst your people. So preach something, preach an important message, and finally preach one message.