The sermon is the key to the worship service. People like to hear the music and sometimes it can sooth in ways that only music can soothe.
Sometimes prayer touches us in powerful ways. But the key is the sermon. Think about that for a moment. 200, or 100, or 50, or 10000 people sit in front of you to hear a word that is desperately needed this week.
They have come to hear what God has given to you to give to them. Yes, we must spend a lot of time thinking through and planning the rest of the worship service, but we cannot forget how important this word from on high is to your hearers.
Just thinking about that is humbling. If you aren’t ever scared at the weight that is sitting on you, then I have to wonder if you have fully thought through what the sermon is.
But more than that, just thinking about this is also empowering. The Bible says that when we are weak, it is then that we are strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
My sisters and brothers, I encourage you to remember these two things as you stand up to preach. First remember the job you are called to do is greater than your capabilities. Second, remember that God will make up the difference.
This great responsibility includes proper preparation. How do you prepare? There are many and multiple ways, but I have created this Supercharge Your Sermons system to help you prepare for this great responsibility. Head on over and check it out: http://www.superchargeyoursermons.net