I received some great comments to my recent post ‘Watering Down The Word?‘ and figured a follow-up post was warranted (might be helpful). Those familiar with my ministry know that I don’t have it in me to preach anything less than the Bible (2 Timothy 4:2). I don’t have it in me to preach anything less than Jesus Christ, and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). I’m also mindful of how my choice of words (vocabulary) hugely affects how my message is heard. I’m convinced that a communicator’s manner of delivery has the ability to attract or repel the hearer. Yes, God is sovereign. I rely on this! I will not, however, use God’s sovereignty as an excuse to preach without any thought of form and manner of delivery. I see value in being attentive to the mindset of those I’m speaking to. I see value in anticipating their objections and questions. I see value in in speaking sensitively and sensibly to them. Having done that, I leave it to God to soften hearts and to seal the message that Jesus is LORD.
I commend to the readers of this blog the following video from Desiring God Ministries. Thank-you Cliff Cline for locating this for me. Our new ministry, The Well, may not use a traditional pulpit, but John Piper’s message, ‘Don’t Waste Your Pulpit’ still applies. Keep those comments coming!