Jesus said, "You experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry … " (Luke 11:46). How can preachers keep themselves from doing this?
One of the most significant challenges to my preaching came when a colleague said, "Randy, I want you to do something that someone did for me. Listen to a couple of your sermon tapes. Diagnose the percentage of time you spend preaching against things versus preaching for things." I consider myself a positive person. But I was appalled that the majority of my time I spent preaching against something. It's simply easier. Instead, we need to tell people what we live for.
What effect does this kind of preaching have?
Preaching is similar to raising children. One strategy for correcting an overweight child is to pick on them about their weight. But it doesn't work. Instead, whenever there's a small success, stand up and brag on them. Preaching should celebrate more than scold.
Recently I was encouraged by my congregation's ...1