Today was the first time I have preached since I stepped away from the church plant. As a church planter, I enjoyed the casual atmosphere (specifically clothing), the more modern worship music, and flexibilities I had that I had not previously experienced. There was, however, a pressure that was probably self-induced to preach a certain way. Today’s atmosphere was different.
Today, I preached in a very traditional church. The pastor told me ahead of time that the people were very loving. I can totally agree with that. There were two things that stuck out to me that I haven’t seen in a while until today:
- The people seemed hungry to hear a message with substance. I preached about the example of Lot’s wife. Although she left Sodom, her heart was still there. Because she had a form of religion without a relationship and love for God, she turned into a pillar of salt. Although I felt like my message was filled with tons of Scripture and some long quotations from others who could say it better than I could, the people were very receptive. I experience that fewer times than I would like.
- When the invitation was given to pray at the altar, people came to pray. I can remember times in my preaching when that was common. It refreshed my spirit to see God’s Spirit take my feeble effort to preach His truth and do more with it than I could ever pretend to.
During this season, I want to continue to encourage pastors and churches. I honestly cannot wait until my next preaching engagement. I have no clue where or when it will be. It may be a revival, a single service, or some type of special event. All I know is that I am ready and surrendered to do the will of the One who called me. Here’s to seeing souls saved, chains broken, and lives delivered for the glory of God.