I heard a man say that hearing Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth,” caused him to fall on his face and believe.
Christians have got to stop thinking that we have to make it make sense or present some sophisticated, educated, persuasive argument. Just preach the Word!
Does not our own Scripture say in 1 Corinthians 1:18,
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”?
It is His Word that saves, not our words or ability.
Avoid dressing it up.
Build the altar with whole stones.
Do not corrupt it with our tools.
Do not be ashamed of the gospel.
Be submitted to the Holy Spirit in your preparation, presentation, and just say His Word!
Testify! Just declare His Word. Bear witness to the Word’s effect on your life.
One of the most effective sermons in all of history was a woman without a seminary degree who simply testified and pointed to Christ.
Effective preaching always starts with and brings hearers back to the Word.
It’s not you, intelligence or how agreeable the message is that’s saves. We are only saved by faith through the revelation of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit through the Word.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
If they are “saved” any other way, they are not saved but deceived.
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching [were] not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
To my fellow co-laborers of the Gospel, which is all of God’s children (this is not just for “preachers”, we all have a ministry):
Preach the Word.
He does it. Not us.
Trust the Seed.