The Preacher as a Communicator
The buzz word in today’s world is not just preaching, but it is communicating. I think this is important because, though not all communicating is preaching, all preaching is communicating. There are four keys to effect communication.
All preaching should exhibit absolute, unequivocal, confidence in the Bible as the Word of God. A great preacher once said, “You can’t preach it like it is if you don’t believe it like it was.” There is nothing wrong with videos, movie clips, dramas, etc., but never ever take the spotlight off of the centrality of the preaching of the Word of God.
If you want other people to believe what you are preaching, you must preach like you believe it. It doesn’t mean that everyone should preach alike, sound alike or act alike, but it is impossible to truly preach truth without some emotion. I do not believe there is any such thing as “dull preaching”. That is an oxymoron. If it is dull it is not preaching. Your people will never be more excited about your sermon than you are.
“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.” 2 Corinthians 3:12
Never try to impress people with either your vocabulary or your dictionary. The Bible says that Jesus spoke in such a way that the common people heard him gladly. Even in the twenty first century the average educational level of the average congregation in terms of vocabulary, reading and understanding is somewhere around the grades 6-8. Speak plainly and speak simply so that people can understand the message.
This is where the preaching rubber hits the communication road. There is simply no excuse today at being boring or uninteresting. Not everyone can preach with the same polish, the same passion, or in some ways even with the same persuasiveness, but everyone can preach messages that are relevant, practical, applicable and informative and inspiring.
Author: Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor of Cross Pointe Church and host of Touching Lives