Today our Lead Pastor delivered a powerful and relevant message with the title – “Faith: The Fulfillment Of Righteousness Of The Law”. It was a classic New Testament sermon all about Grace and Mercy. (That’s his expertise.)
Our Pastor has been preaching for about 35 years now – since a few weeks after he was rescued and saved by Christ in his mid-30s. He preaches with authority – and without the use of notes. It’s like watching a college professor teaching a class – while keeping it lively and simple enough for someone like me to understand.
Me ? I’ve been on this journey for going on 13 years now. I’ve been actively preaching full sermons for not even 3 of those 13 years. I’ve preached 24 sermons thus far, and yesterday during my nearly all-day Bible study I finished writing my 25TH sermon titled “Pray & Believe”. I’ll be preaching it next month – if it’s in God’s will. I’ll also be printing it out the night before I preach it – all 11 or 12 pages in Microsoft Word – Font Type Calibri Size 16. It’ll be in document protectors in a 3-ring notebook, and I’ll be mostly reading from it. I’m actually relying on my full manuscripts less and less with each new sermon. I’ve been doing more ad-libbing during my sermons. Sometimes that works out, and sometimes not so much. Eventually I’ll get to the point (once I get more sermons under my belt) where I won’t even be referring to my manuscripts anymore. I’ll escape the pulpit “bubble” if you will. I pray to God all the time that He guides me and directs me away from my full manuscripts. I’m a work-in-progress.
So our Pastor preached today, and I wrote down a lot of notes including all of the verses of Scripture that he referenced. (There were 12 verses total from 7 books.)
Here’s my major takeaway from his sermon: Grace releases Faith, and once you add that Faith to that Grace – you get Authority.
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 1:19-20)
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