The longer I am in ministry, the more I see it.
It seems like every week I hear about another pastor’s moral failure that scars the church and murders their ministry.
Whether it’s an affair, drugs, porn addiction, or mishandling money, these hidden sins are ripping churches apart and leaving good people feeling betrayed and disillusioned.
Before we get into the practical tips on how to preach, we have to start here.
Integrity. Character. Self-control. Discipline.
Before you practice preaching, you had better practice what you preach.
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“For they preach, but do not practice.”
– Jesus, Matthew 23:3 (ESV)
The stakes have never been higher. Trust has never been more difficult for pastors to earn.
The title of pastor no longer holds respect in the eyes of most people outside the church but skepticism.
This is not something to be taken lightly!
Who you are is more important than what you say. (Only 1/3 of preaching is the words you say anyways.)
The Standard for Pastoral Living
“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.”
– James 3:1 (ESV)
Becoming a pastor doesn’t mean that suddenly sin no longer affects us. In fact, the Devil will do absolutely everything in his power to trip you up even more.
If every time a new convert is added to the kingdom angels rejoice, you better believe there is a party in hell at the fall of every pastor.
Pastors, this is no joke. This is war!