So often we spend all our time preparing the content. We study, work hard, pray and hope for the best. But that is not how God made us. God built us so that our expectations directly impact our actions, which radically influence how the audience reacts.
That expectation is called faith. Faith that there is something greater at work than our own efforts. Faith that the message that you have prepared is not just for that particular event. Faith that God has chosen you for just exactly that time, that audience, that location and has given you the truth they need to hear.
You should enter into every presentation that God gives you with nothing short of believing that God is going to change people, generations and the world with the few simple words you are going to utter. Not because you are good, but because He is great and His Word is great.
So, enter into every opportunity with sky high expectations, believing that your time with...
When we preach the word of God we do so most often appealing to the intellect of our audience. We want them to study, II Timothy 2:15, reason, Acts 17:2 and then make a decision for change, either to stop doing something wrong they are doing or start doing something good that they aren't doing.
And yet there was a reason why Jesus used story telling constantly in his ministry. Jesus knew that while he could give people reasons, which he did, they would not make decisions until they "felt" like it, or until their emotions were involved. As a result, he used stories, the greatest tool for tapping into people's emotions.
A few years ago, neuroscientist, Antonio Demasio, made a groundbreaking discovery. He studied people with damage in the part of the brain where emotions are generated. While they seemed normal in most instances, they were not able to feel emotions. As a result, they all had something peculiar in common: they...