Many people will be shocked about his sudden ‘transformation’. All I will say about this preacher, writer and oracle of the Most High is that, he has a calling and accepting that fact might be the only way to escape the wrath of His creator, just as Apostle Paul, he’s saddled with the responsibility of preaching the gospel in all the nations.
H/S/E/ Ajala Kayode of Calvary Cathedral, Ogba area of Lagos in his new post reflected on the sermoner who mount the pulpit without doing their primary assignment of studying for the purpose and start reeling out gibberish. For him, when a preacher has stopped being nervous then he has no substance anymore.
Enjoy his piece, “ An unprepared preacher went to the pulpit, asking the Lord to speak to him. As he stood to preach, the Lord spoke to him and said, “You should have studied!” After hearing that story, I determined I don’t want the Lord to speak to me in the pulpit. I want to make sure we are on the same page before I stand to preach.
A prepared and prayerful preacher can stand to preach with confidence. Of course, the preacher should not be prideful, as if he has mastered scripture, is about to deliver the world’s greatest sermon, or can determine the outcome of the message. But if you have done your homework on the text, wrote yourself clear, and covered the message in believing prayer, you can and should go to the pulpit with confidence.
After you have done all you can do, trust God to do all you cannot do. You should give God your best in sermon preparation, so that you can mount the pulpit with humble confidence. But that still won’t free you from a real sense of fearfulness as you prepare to preach.
No matter how well I have prepared, I cannot escape the reality that the sermon is doomed to fail if the Lord does not help me. It creates a healthy sense of nervousness, even neediness, as I approach the preaching moment. This is one of the reasons why I typically pray publicly before I start the message. I usually cannot shake my pre-sermon anxieties until I have offered the prayer.
Beyond the message itself, the preacher should feel the weight of his duty and privilege to preach the word of God. Christian preaching is not a “talk” given to an audience. It is a call to salvation from the only lifeboat to shipwrecked passengers in troubled waters. We are not “life-coaches” offering people good advice, helpful hints, or motivational speeches. We are heralds on assignment to declare the message of the King. This divine charge should make you nervous to speak the word faithfully, clearly, and unapologetically.
When you stop getting nervous before you preach, you should stop preaching”