We continue a series of posts called Preaching Proverbs for Planters. I’ve tapped several church planters to give one piece of advice to those of us who are, or will be, preaching in church planting contexts. This one is my own.
Justin Kendrick is pastor and planter of Grace Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg, SC.
While it’s vital to know your text, it’s just as important that you know people. As someone said, you’re preaching to people not pews. Pastor your people and spend time with unbelievers. Your sermons will be better, and your people will be better off.
That said, the fact that preaching is a means of grace, and the fact that you may be a decent/good preacher doesn’t guarantee that anyone will show up to be changed by your sermon. You’re planting a church. You and your people have to gather. God has to send people your way. God has to bless your preaching. God has to change your heart and the hearts of the people to whom you preach. Some of us may need to spend more time writing our sermons, but I’d wager that the majority of us need to spend more time on our knees and with our neighbors.
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