Church Leadership
3 Simple Words That Can Help Your Sermons Stick
A simple practice every pastor can do on Monday that can help last weekend's message have the impact you want.

It’s not a long prayer. I won’t pretend I’m so holy that I spend hours every Monday in deep intercession. Sometimes I just take a moment or two. But I try to remember to do it every Monday.

Can God Really Work When I’m Not In the Room?

After I started this Monday routine, I felt convicted that the reason I hadn’t been doing it before, in addition to simple ignorance, was a little bit of arrogance.

I knew God could impact a person’s life while I was preaching a sermon to them, but I didn’t follow through on the idea that God could use that same message to impact their life (this is embarrassing) when I wasn’t in the room with them.

When I thought that through, it felt like a big rebuke from the Lord. “Do you really think I need you to be in the room with them in order for me to use Sunday’s sermon to impact a person’s life?” God seemed to be saying. “After all, I’m with them on Monday. Isn’t that good enough?”

I asked God to use his Word from yesterday’s message to minister to the congregation today.

So I let the arrogance go (that arrogance anyway – I still have other issues God is working with me on) and I asked God to do something special. I asked God to use his Word from yesterday’s message to minister to the congregation today.

What are the results? I have no idea. As we’ve talked about before, some things can’t be measured.

But I know this. God’s Word is true. It will accomplish his will. And praying for that to happen at the time it’s most needed in people’s lives is never wasted.

Plus, it puts me and my efforts on the periphery, and God and his work closer to the center, where he belongs.

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January 09, 2017 at 3:29 AM

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