Pastor, do you realize how clever we try to be?
- We come up with a catchy sermon series and add some stylish graphics.
- Then we labor over sermon titles that sound so compelling.
- As we write our sermons we try to dream up memorable patterns, like all three of our main points start with “S,” or we spell out the word “P.E.A.C.E.”
When the truth of the matter is, what we’re saying is foolishness.
Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. (1 Corinthians 1:20-25)
You don’t have to try to make God’s Word clever. It is already profound!
You don’t have to try to make it memorable. The Holy Spirit makes it memorable (John 14:26)!
You don’t have to make the Bible relevant. It is the most relevant, applicable wisdom that humanity has ever known!
D.L. Moody said it this way —
“If God has given you a message, go and give it to the people as God has given it to you. It is a stupid thing for a man to try to be eloquent. Make your message, and not yourself, the most prominent thing. Don’t be self-conscious. Set your heart on what God has given you to do, and don’t be so foolish as to let your own difficulties or your own abilities stand in the way.”
Don’t try to be clever. Just be Spirit-led and you will utter the most profound, compelling and memorable words ever spoken by a preacher!