As I am preparing my message for each Sunday, I have one point that I want everyone to have clear in their hearts and minds when they leave. It’s sort of my “finish line.” I say, “If they get only one thing from this message, what should it be?” This is the part where I spend quite a bit of time.
Then I read this from the Apostle Paul —
When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:1,2)
So what’s my point?
Something clever and witty?
Something that shows how eloquent I am?
Perhaps another rule to follow?
Or another application to make?
Oswald Chambers says, “To say that we are called to preach holiness or sanctification is to miss the main point. We are called to proclaim Jesus Christ….” (emphasis mine)
My point should be only this:
To help people see Jesus more clearly.
Anything less than this is to miss the point. Anything more than this is attempting to make myself sound eloquent.