“My pastor still preaches poor sermons!”
In our last Grace on Parade post, I gave five ways to listen to a sermon.
- Take notes
- Record references
- Let the Holy Spirit guide you.
Fast forward several months. You’ve done all these things. But week after week, your pastor does a poor delivery. The sermons are unorganized. You don’t understand what he’s talking about. It’s not what you would prefer or what you are used to. Worst of all, the sermons contain little biblical content or conflict with what the Bible says.
I’ve been there.
In my post, I told of my desperation during my college years for good, substantive sermons. I was hungry. After the boredom of my teenage years, I wanted to understand the Bible. I was neck-deep into my degree program at the University and getting hammered with threats to my faith from atheist professors. Connections with other believers showed me not everyone who calls themselves Christian interpret the Bible the same way I’d been taught or what I was seeing for myself within its pages. Every Sunday I returned to the church of my childhood ready for the meat of the Word. I left, deflated.
I got pablum. Stories. Long, dragged out stories that didn’t make sense and that, to me, didn’t connect to the point the pastor was making. If there was a point, my snarky mind retorted.