Effective preaching is not just about giving people the facts of Scripture.
Effective preaching is not just about using great stories so that people remember the facts you have given them.
Effective preaching and teaching must be coupled with application in such a way that the hearer is changed.
This is our responsibility so that we work hand in hand with the Holy Spirit.
Often, because of the noise and confusion of life, we miss the 4 issues that can derail our leadership and ability to communicate.
These 4 things are difficult for us to see in ourselves. In fact, if you really want to know if you have them, you need to have the courage to ask those closest to you whether they see any of these 4 in you.
I know that I struggled when I heard that several of these were in my life. It was frustrating. I wanted to think I was better. But that thinking only delayed my dealing with the issues and prevented me from being the man God called me to be.
Don't make the mistake I made. Write these 4 issues down. Take them to your spouse or a best friend and ask them to be honest with you. If they say one or more of these are in your life, then tell them and the Lord you want to change. Ask them to hold you accountable, every time they see one of these beginning to show up. Then determine...
She was 16, there were 250 people in the room and she did 4 things that absolutely MESMERIZED THE AUDIENCE. These 4 things you should do every week.
It was just last week. I watched as a 16 year old spoke, following two experienced speakers and the room was restless. They'd been sitting and listening too long.
I've been in that spot and I wondered what she would do to grab and hold their attention?
She actually did 4 things that kept the entire audience leaning forward, barely moving and at the end, her action step was so powerful it motivated the entire audience.
If we want to be powerful and effective communicators of the Word of God, we should be doing doing exactly what she did every time we speak.