April 27 2014 back to 1965
My Dad was an evangelist and preacher and pastor for 44 years before he died in 1966 at the age of 62 years old. I had my first experience of teaching back in December 1964 when my Dad asked me to teach the Teenagers and College Career class, and since that time I have loved teaching the Bible. Teaching and learning the Bible has been a passionate passion that I have had for a long time.
Preaching, to me, has been about the message. I have focused on the content of the message. I have been more concerned about what I say than how I say it. I might say how I deliver the message has been of less concern than being sure that what I say is correct.
The one area of preaching that I am sure of is the content of the message. I want to make sure to the best of my ability that I know the meaning of the text that I am going to teach. I make sure that I have made every effort of learning all that I can about the portion of scripture that is to be taught.
What I seem to struggle with the most is the presentation of the message. I can’t seem to have the full confidence that I have presented the message as well as I could. How I speak, how I stand, etc.
Some preachers spend a lot of time in their presenting the sermon and I know that is important, how you look and dress and act while you preach is important.
Well, now for almost 50 years I am still in this mode of thinking, and maybe in a few years I will know how to present the sermon. But as for the content I am rather confident that what I say is what I want the people to hear and believe and do, because I fully believe what I say is from the text of the Word of God.