There are three powerful lessons in the snow about effective preaching/teaching. And because of these lessons, you must spend the time! Do the work! IT'S WORTH IT.
Please watch the video to see what the snow teaches us about giving our very best every time we present God's truths. If we are not careful, when we prepare to speak or preach, we can focus on the hard work. And it IS hard work. Anything good takes time and effort. But, if you focus on that, you will never adequately prepare.
Instead focus on the impact:
First there is the impact in the lives of those who hear, and change, and if you do your job as God has called you to, that impact will last for a long time.
Second, those who change will be a witness to all those who surround them and that witness will change more lives.
Third, there will be those who want to follow in your footsteps, delivering truth from God's Word in such a way that it impact lives. As you prepare, remember you are paving the way for other world...
Pastors, teachers, chaplains - when you are creative, people NEVER FORGET the truth you teach.
It's not about you, it is about creating the foundation for personal shift in people's lives. All of us can study and deliver truth. But when we do not use the creativity that God placed within us, we are neglecting one of His greatest tools of communication.
Christ got in a boat, blasted the religious leaders, forgave the adulterous woman, healed people, broke the rabbinical Sabbath AND taught. He taught AFTER he got people's attention.
That is what we need to do, we get people's attention with creativity, and then we attach the truth of God's word to their heightened sense of awareness. The result? For hours, sometimes days, maybe weeks afterwards, the truth stays in their hearts and minds and causes change.
ISN'T THAT WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO?!!
Over the last few months, I sent out surveys to 1000's of pastors, asking them what they believe they should do in order to make their messages exciting, messages that gripped the audience and kept them focused.
A number of people wrote me and said that it was not about being exciting, it was about the Word of God. I whole heartedly disagree. If you have a message that has changed your life, that will change the lives of people to whom you speak and do so on an eternal basis, then it must be exciting and it will show up in four places immediately, as you communicate.
So I spoke at the first church and the pastor liked my message so much he asked me to speak in his place at a neighboring church that afternoon. I agreed.
We had guests who had just flown in from India, so the afternoon was terribly rushed. I arrived at the second church about 5 to 10 minutes before the service began, and that's why the problems began. I gave the media guy my screen program, they pointed out where my mic was, and I waited to be announced.
Since I had very little time to talk to the pastor ahead of time, he knew very little about me an was not able to tell people why I was speaking.
Because I was not able to do a complete sound check, my opening illustration, which had so powerfully captured the audience in the morning, was interrupted 3 times because the sound wasn't working correctly.
Because I didn't do a media check, they couldn't get the computer to work with my presentation, so I was interrupted all the...