So today I have to privilege of preaching for our congregation. I really love being allowed to teach and I feel very blessed to be in a place where I can do this. I always have a little nerves about the message (not the actual speaking in front of people) about how well it will be received. But then I get up there and within a few minutes I am having so much fun that I forget about the nerves.
I think this is part of being an artist. You are always worried about the reception of your art, that’s why people read reviews, blogs, or whatever because they want to see if it’s received. I really do feel like preaching is an art. It’s something that you craft and hone, and try to improve. And through your study and the anointing of the Holy Spirit a masterpiece can be crafted.
Like all art, preaching hopes to move people, to create a response in people’s lives, to cause them to think, reflect, change. It’s an art form that can have an immediate response, or one that can have people mulling over for month and then you get feedback.
It can be pop-art, light and fluffy, or it can be incredible contemplative. It can be bad, or it can be great. It’s an amazing medium, and like all art it is something that you are called to, something that you are compelled to. You can’t not preach.
So yeah today’s the day that the Holy Spirit and I work as a team to showcase our art. I hope and pray that it is well received, and I hope that through the message people can find freedom.