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2 Critical Questions for Every Pastor

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Date Published: 2/24/2012
One question means you'll never preach a good sermon, the other leads to success time and again.

There are two questions that every pastor will ask when preparing a message.

The First: “What do these people want me to say?” is dangerous because if this is your goal you will never preach a good message. Why?

  • You won’t be reformed enough for some people…and too reformed for others.
  • You will be too serious for some…and not serious enough for others.
  • You will use too much Scripture for some…and not enough for others.
  • You will come across to some people as too nice…and to others as too harsh.
  • You will really encourage some people…and really frustrate others.
  • You WILL say something at some point that will be completely politically incorrect…will offend someone…and they will let you know.
  • People WILL take what you say out of context…and tell others that you said things that you never did actually say.

I could go on…but I think we all know that preaching to impress people leads to a dangerous place in ministry…because we can never please the crowd all the time, and doing so is a recipe for insanity! (Paul was on to something when he wrote Galatians 1:10!)

The second question is: “What does Jesus want me to say?” When what He is saying gets in our hearts and sets us on fire (Jeremiah 20:9), that is what we must preach!

  • We must be consumed by Him and not controlled by others!
  • We must be obsessed with the Almighty and not with what all the people think.
  • We must seek to honor HIS call on our lives rather than “their call” to the church!
  • We must share Christ.

We cannot allow the One who called us to merely be our “good luck charm.” You know: we throw together a message and then ask Him to bless it.

We must hear His voice and then preach, knowing people will be offended, people will get upset, but ultimately people will come to Christ and His name will be lifted higher!

His name, not our reputation, should be our obsession.


Perry Noble

Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. Perry is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible. God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. Perry, his wife Lucretia and their daughter Charisse live in Anderson, South Carolina. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.

Wow!!!! Some of you just don't get it! I will say this again, if some of you who attack K B and defend Perry are Pastors, I understand full well why our country is in the shape it is in. It is because preachers no longer stand up for righteousness, the pulpit is no longer a sacred place, anything goes in a church service, let's bring the world into the church so sinners feel comfortable. God said, "Be ye holy for I am holy." If our pastors can't even get this, how in the world can we expect those we are supposed to minister to to be holy? [delete comment]
Keith B
February 29, 2012
Dav, I'm a very real person. I frequently post good comments on good articles. I'm sorry that you feel the need to be negative toward me. [delete comment]
Dav Ross
February 29, 2012
I do wonder why the moderators of this site haven't rebuked k b for continually posting comments intended to cause offence to contributors. Is k b a troll or a real person? Moderators, please do something about him. [delete comment]
Dav Ross
February 29, 2012
I do wonder why the moderators of this site haven't rebuked k b for continually posting comments intended to cause offence to contributors. Is k b a troll or a real person? Moderators, please do something about him. [delete comment]
Scott Hourigan
February 29, 2012
chaplain, I am not critiquing sermon central, i dont know that they endorse everything their contributing writers submit. I don:t know if they scrutinize all the articles they put on their site. I agree with many of their articles and contributing authors, R.C. Sproul for instance and others. It is the modes and methods and attitude and criticism that he (noble)manifests : for instance, I saw a you tube video of noble preaching saying that if it bothers you that your daughter would want to marry a black man then you are a bigot!! Where is that at in the bible? I dont think that the holy spirit provokes men to lash out in anger their personal beliefs and or opinions. My attitude about my daughter not marrying or marrying a black man has no theological value. Christians love all people of all races. dont be angy toward critical thinkers, we keep people on their toes!!! [delete comment]
Chaplain Shawn Kennedy
February 29, 2012
So why doesn't anyone take SermonCentral to task for publishing these heretics? Why come back to a site which promotes more than one of these charlatans. Justifying this site by those terms is like saying you read Playboy for the jokes. [delete comment]
Scott Hourigan
February 29, 2012
k.b. i encourage you to continue to scrutinize the superficial and the quasi christian teachings of these mega "charlitians". They tout unbiblical doctrines and worldly methods as a means to proselytize unlearned people into their fold. They write articles and preach sermonettes with very little reference to scripture and when the graphe is quoted it is most times taken out of context. They use single verses to buttress their idelogies and undergird their philosophies. What their motives are only God knows, it could be social reform, personal power, monitary gain, personal satisfaction etc. It is an honorable endeavor to expose the untruths that are being touted by these modern day philosophers and I am encouraged as i sense your desire to as Jude 3 says "earnestly contend for the faith" (epagonizomai), suffer in agony as an athelete. 1 Pet. 3:15 God Bless and keep the "FAITH" [delete comment]
Chaplain Shawn Kennedy
February 28, 2012
Well, if anyone is without sin go ahead and toss the first rock. [delete comment]
Shawn, Jude 3-4 "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly CONTEND for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ." We are in a spiritual battle and we are to fight for the faith. We are to point out error and fight against it creeping into the church. [delete comment]
Chaplain Shawn Kennedy
February 28, 2012
Removing Perry will not change the Kingdom any more than removing alcohol will cure alcoholism. Cults and non-christian faith has flourished since the beginning of time. Ours is not to combat these other faiths but to promote our own. Unfortunately, we spend more time shooting our wounded than showing the world what Christianity is- look in Acts how the believers converted many by merely living out their faith. [delete comment]
Keith B
February 28, 2012
Shawn, there are some great articles on this site. I posted on today's one, actually. That's why I keep coming back. I am bothered though, when we see them lift up a guy like Noble and present him as someone that we should model our churches after. I understand your reference to Gamaliel..but how has that worked, traditionally? The Word of Faith movement is alive and well. The mormon church continues to grow. Islam is bigger than ever. [delete comment]
Chaplain Shawn Kennedy
February 28, 2012
I think we need the wisdom of Gamaliel on individuals such as Perry. If he has 10K people attending church each Sunday, he must be doing something that is really right or really wrong. Either way, if it is of God, it will flourish, if not it will die. Why must his style of ministry have to conform to anyone elses'? I think it's more hypocritical for those who are offended by Perry to keep coming back to this site, when you know it uses his material. It's like a dog going back to it's vomit. [delete comment]
Chaplain Shawn Kennedy
February 28, 2012
Your Comments [delete comment]
Wow! And we wonder why the church and the country are in the condition they are in? It is because pastors condemn a man who points out the WORLDLINESS of a man who uses GODLESS WORLDLY means, then LIES about the reasons he used one particular worldy means "Highway To Hell." He lied guys!!!!! It is right out there for all who want to see it!!!! He uses vulgarity and he really likes to "P... people off!" "But he writes such good articles." REALLY! Let me ask you this, go to Youtube and listen to some of his sermons. Then try to picture Jesus Christ saying everything he is saying. Would Jesus really talk that way? Would Jesus really say some of those things, like "If you're in the hospital, don't expect a visit from me." How in the world anyone can condemn K B and defend Perry is beyond me. You are sick of reading his "negative" comments but you'll read articles written by a man like that and love them? Something is very wrong here. 1 Peter 4:17 "For the time has come that judgment must begin at the house of God:" The reason this country is going to hell in a handbasket is because of the pulpits in America! We need to call people back to righteousness but how can we do that with unrighteous means used by preachers like Perry? The reason we don't see revival in America is because of Christian's wicked ways and those wicked ways can be mostly attributed to the wickedness of preachers. 2 Chron. 7:14 If MY people which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." Jeremiah 23:1 "Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture! saith the Lord." Better watch it God, you could get condemned on here for being too negative to Your pastors! [delete comment]
Derrence Smaage of Lake Ellen Christian Church
February 27, 2012
Hi, this is senior and only pastor of the Lake Ellen Christian Churh in Casselberry,Fl. our average attendance on Sunday morning is abot 20. I have been preaching in theU.S. and Africa for last 50 years and have served several churches as pastor. It seems the argument among you younger pastors has to do with personality issues and who is right and who is wrong. I would like to suggest that though I know hardly anything about bro. Perry's ministry, his article is a very good article and does zero in on the problem of good and bad preaching. I have experienced both. When I tried to please people, the sermon had no value and no power. When I preached the word of God, the Holy Spirit convicted the listener of sin and rigteousness and the judgment to come. (John 16) Large crowds seem to flock to popular preachers and turn away from preacchers who offend. Jesus, John the baptist, Amos, Jonah, Isaiah, and other biblical preachers all used very offensive language in their preaching and the crowds would not follow them. My prayer is always to preach a message that will lift up Christ and not myself. Pretty hard to do sometimes but I try to make it my goal...John said of Christ, He must increase but I must decrease. John is a good example of what a true preacher of the gospel ought to be. [delete comment]
Jimmie Tempano
February 27, 2012
k b, I'm fairly new to this site. Even so, I've encountered several of your comments. All of them have been dripping with acid. I must conclude that, either you are unsure of your own foundations or you are seriously wounded and you are lashing out. In either case, I am sad for you. It's too bad you don't seem to be able to resolve your own issues. In my case, I've read enough of your comments and I will just skip them in the future because they don't enlighten me or lift me up. This is really not the place for these comments. They would be better directed to Perry Noble or the manager of this blog. [delete comment]
Keith B
February 26, 2012
Lol...because Perry Noble is so open to admonition from people reading his articles on the web? He's a public figure. When he lies in public and gets caught in his lies a public response is to be expected. [delete comment]
If I thought that a fellow pastor was sinning, I'd have a responsibility to approach him directly. The most unChristian thing I could do would be to gossip to a bunch of other people on line about it. [delete comment]
Gary M. Rutherford
February 26, 2012
I understand where both sides are coming from. On the one hand, how can Noble say one thing and not do what he's saying? The biblical approach would be what Paul says about some preachers in Php.1:15-18; Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from good will: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice. Did Paul judge, certainly, using discernment - but he was also praiseworthy that God can use all of us, despite our imperfections. [delete comment]
Steven Mcvey
February 26, 2012
Great article, thanks Perry. When you preach the Truth, led by the Spirit, you should expect criticism. Unfortunately that criticism may come from those who see themselves as judges of other people's ministries. So Perry, keep on preaching! Keep on following God. He will lift you up no matter what people say. He is the Lord. [delete comment]
Jeff Steen
February 25, 2012
Thanks Perry for this reminder. Let's preach Jesus. [delete comment]
Gordon Dorsey
February 25, 2012
SHALOM SHALOM this is agraet topic every pastor must remain focused on what yahvah(GOD) wants him to preach or esle you have entered into the flesh which can very well control you.you will never please every body even yuor most deicated member.just preach god word what he wants and you will be ok spend time seeking what he wants you to preach and you cant go wrong SHALOM [delete comment]
Keith B
February 24, 2012
Robert...my point is that obviously Noble is not actually doing what he says in this article. It has been documented that he lied about why he played Highway to Hell at Easter.There are 2 conflicting interviews of him on youtube. As for my motives...please don't try to judge my heart while telling me not to judge. Honestly..the hypocrisy is just not cool. [delete comment]
The problem I have with K B?s comments about noble (who I don?t know at all) is it doesn?t have anything to do with Nobles article. He attacked things Noble has said and done in the past. I sense a hint of jealousy and envy in K B, hidden in a package of righteousness ?I want to expose him and speak for God? really? And this is the forum the Holy Spirit of God chooses lead you to do just that? On an article that was dead on scripturally? We are to preach what Jesus would want us to. That?s the point. Let?s praise that.. [delete comment]
I think Highway to Hell would make a great sermon introduction for a sermon calling for a changed life. If you read the lyrics it?s about the lifestyle that leads to Hell. The sermon could point to Christ and the call for a changed direction. Actually I might just do this? WOW very creative. [delete comment]
Scott, Noble praises false teachers like Rob Bell, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, T.D. Jakes but is very quick to attack people who speak out against false teachers. Noble pardons false teachers but attacks the Christians contending for the faith. Do you see a problem with this. Have you witnessed the video from his Easter service with the AC/DC song "Highway To Hell"? This "church" has bought into the lie that we must bring the world into Christ's church to bring sinners in. Christ didn't command us to bring the world into His church, He told us to go into the world and preach the Gospel while not becoming like the world. (1 John 2:15-16). "Highway To Hell" REALLY? How about 2 Cor. 6:14-17. Light and darkness do not mix. Holy and unholy cannot coincide in the same worship service. They can boast all day long about the hundreds of converts they claim to have, but if you go against God's Word He will turn His face against all you try to do. Anything you claim to accomplish is merely of man, NOT of the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit will not dwell in a church that uses worldly means to lure in lost sinners. Why? Because God has already given us everything we need. It's simple, the preaching of His Word (the whole counsel) is all that is needed. But when "seekers" find this body of Christians, to what kind of God are they being introduced? Is it the same God Whose holiness permeated the very ground on which Moses stood? (Ex 3.5) The God in Whose presence Moses ?trembled with fear? on Mt Sinai (Heb 12.21); at the sight of Whom the Prophet Isaiah became ?undone?? (Is 6.5) Is it the God at Whose appearance Abraham, the Prophet Ezekiel, and John the Evangelist fell on their faces? (Gen 17.1-3; Ezek 1.28; Rev 1.17) Whose holiness so filled the House of the Lord that ?the priests could not stand to minister?? (1Ch 5.13-4) In worship of Whom Joshua ?fell on his face to the earth?? (Josh 5.14) Is it the God Who is ?glorious in holiness, fearful in praises,? (Ex 15.11) Who ?art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on iniquity?? (Hab 1.13) Are they encountering the God Whose glory fills the whole earth (Is 6.3), Who is to be served with fear (Ps 2.11), Whose ways and thoughts are as above ours as the heavens are above the earth (Is 55.9), Who is ?greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him?? (Ps 89.7) Sadly?tragically!!?no. The god whom these seekers at NewSpring Church are being shown is one who should be worshipped with satanic, profane, wordly, ?relevant? garbage. People were brought to ?Christ? through the use of AC/DC? Great. Too bad the ?Christ? they committed themselves to was not the Christ of the Bible. If this is the extent of the holiness that they are attributing to their god, then how much holiness can they truly believe is expected of them? (Ex 19.6; Lev 11.44; 19.2; 20.7, 26; 21.8; 1Pet 1.16; 1Thess 4.7-8). So go ahead and bash me like you do K. B. (and I for one could care less what his real name is) for calling out Perry Noble as someone who should not be giving advice on anything godly. [delete comment]
Scott Hardaway
February 24, 2012
KB, I think you do seem sincere, which is why I'm hazarding yet one more attempt. You're right in that I didn't address your statement. What I was addressing was your ongoing, relentless pattern of criticizing Noble (and Furtick) at every possible opportunity. I struggle to understand how my choice of what to address could be construed as hypocritical, yet I'm amazed and impressed by the eagerness you demonstrate to ferret out my hypocrisy. On the other hand, you have given me an "ah-ha" moment in understanding your thinking, and I appreciate that. You feel you have illuminated the world to Perry?s "failings" and thus rendered a service. Are you saying then that to say "you suck" or to play "Highway To Hell" are INHERENTLY and OVERTLY sinful actions regardless of context or intent? To such an extent that they utterly invalidate a man's entire ministry? I find that fascinating. [delete comment]
Keith B
February 24, 2012
Scott, the whole point of the article is that I reject what Perry has to say in light of his track record. He is not someone we should be looking to for inspiration. He's a bad role model. Instead of actually addressing my statement, you chose to complain that I'm negative, and I'm wrong for daring to actually talk about Noble's failings. By doing that, you are a hypocrite. [delete comment]
Scott Hardaway
February 24, 2012
Dennis, I too am concerned about false teachers. Can you please give an example of Perry's heresy? This debate (as far as I can tell) is not about heretical doctrine, but rather style and methodology which the Bible doesn't speak to. I will not endorse everything Perry does, but he does preach the gospel, and some people are truly saved. [delete comment]
Scott Hardaway
February 24, 2012
KB, you have not understood me correctly. Perhaps that is intentional. And yet perhaps it isn't. So on the chance that you are sincere, I offer this response. It will likely be my last one. My "negativity" is completely different than your attacks on Perry (isolated vs. sustained and unrelenting; direct vs. indirect (see Mt. 18); to teach vs. to defame); your equivocation is an attempt to deflect my questions so that you don?t have to answer them. I didn?t intend them as merely rhetorical--I really want to engage you in dialogue, I want to know how you understand what you're doing. Now, to answer *your* question... To use only initials is a clear attempt to hide (for the record, using a fake name amounts to the same). What I am asking for is to come out of the shadows and take personal responsibility for your words. The assumption here is that we are an authentic community; your insistence on hiding is a declaration to everyone that you love the darkness. [delete comment]
I have looked at Perry Noble's sermons on Youtube and I agree with K B. If anyone has a question as to why America is in the shape it is in, he is a good example. How can you Pastors condemn K B for pointing out what is obvious for all to see? As for this "judge not" mentality some of you seem to have don't you know that the Bible tells us to judge those who are not preaching truth? Maybe you need to refresh yourselves in Scripture Matt. 7:1-6, (and don't stop until you have read verse 6) 7:15-23; Matt 23:13-36 (Jesus didn't have a bleeding heart mentality over false teachers), 2 Cor. 13-15 and 1 John 4:1 (to name a few). Would you seriously send an eternal soul to a church which would damn their soul to hell because they are false teachers? Don't tell me we are not to judge what is biblical and what is not! That is NOT what the Bible teaches! We are living in the times Paul talked about in 2 Tim. 4:1-4. Pastor's are given to the church to make sure the people are not tossed about by every wind of doctrine by the sleight of men, and by cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to DECEIVE! Eph. 4:11-14 I have been criticized by some on here because I point out the BIBLICAL FACT that women are not called to be in authority over men in the church, they are NOT called by God to be Pastors. And I for one will continue to point out false teaching and false teachers according to God's Word, not people's opinions. [delete comment]
Nathaniel Hunsu
February 24, 2012
Hello k b, the truth is if you change your login, we may not likely be able to map your new name to the one we already know. However, you claimed to have endured Scott's 'negativity' towards you, how much more of your negativity has Perry endured. I don't know Perry, and I am not under his ministry, and will not be his advocate. But I think the people he pastors have not complained to you. If you have sincere objections, then pray for him, and prevail in prayer with GOD for him. But consider it, has your tearing him down stopped him from publishing, NO!!! Tearing him down in a public forum like this does not seem like the character of Christ. Afterall, even Michael the archangel would not bring a railing accusation against the devil when disputing about the body of Moses, but rather said 'the LORD rebuke thee.' If you have no constructive argument it is better to be silent than engage in personality feuds. I think this forum is for discussing ISSUES and not Persons. [delete comment]
Robert Sickler of Church Flame
February 24, 2012
We must hear His voice and then preach ... Amen. Thanks for an excellent post. [delete comment]
S A Brown,lll
February 24, 2012
Men of God lets not lose focus of what this site is designed for we are here to encourage and help each other not to be little or to battle each other!!! God please give us the wisdom to agree that sometimes we will disagree!!! [delete comment]
Dana Gatewood
February 24, 2012
Great food for thought Perry [delete comment]
Ely Of Cinci
February 24, 2012
Thanks Perry, great thoughts. My sermon preparation prayers are always "Your words; not my words. Your heart; not my heart. Your Spirit; not my spirit." As Mother Teresa once said (paraphrased), I am merely a pencil in the hand of Almighty God writing a love letter to the world. [delete comment]
Keith B
February 24, 2012
Scott, I've endured your negativity toward me as well. I would be happy to change my login to my name...but as I've asked before...what does that prove? We could all have made up names for all we know. You may disagree with the strategies I employ, but this clearly falls under the heading of "disputable matters". You seem to be think you can judge my heart, while telling me I'm negative and judging Perry. I'm not attacking him personally--I'm only referencing the fact that he has in the past told his conregation "You suck" and he played some rather questionable music in his church. [delete comment]
Tony Russo of Blessed Hope
February 24, 2012
k b, you sound off like a Bill Keller. Any relation to him? Tell us about yourself and where you are with Christ. I personally would like to offer you a better way to respond to fellow pastors. [delete comment]
Steve Mack
February 24, 2012
Thanks for sharing Perry. The second question is the only question for pastoral leaders...and as you say, when we are sincerely consumed with Jesus and His fame He brings it to pass for His glory. Another beautiful thing He does is take our knowledge and sense of where the Holy Spirit is working and leading in the lives of the church [regardless of its size] and incorporates those elements into our preaching...customizing the Word for the flock! Amazing. A final observation as it pertains to this forum: The best way to deal with comments that don't deserve a response is to do just that. [delete comment]
Scott Hardaway
February 24, 2012
You hide behind the cloak of anonymity on this message board and lob your rhetorical grenades at God's servant for the sole purpose of discrediting him and his ministry. Why do you desire to do that? If you are convinced that he is a worker of evil, then why not let God take care of him? Why do you feel the need to lift your hand against the Lord's anointed (a phrase David used of evil King Saul)? To his own master he will rise or fall. How about if you were to make all of your sermons public so that uncharitable people could pick them apart phrase by phrase? How about if you actually used your real name so that I could email you privately instead of posting this message? How about if you simply let God manage his own Church? You have illegitimately arrogated to yourself a position of authority to judge, to publicly denigrate, and to demean a fellow servant of Christ. Why do you think you have that right? Perry is not under your leadership or authority. I call on you to sincerely seek the Lord, to repent, and to cease these attacks. For His Glory, Scott Hardaway [delete comment]
Scott Hardaway
February 24, 2012
Dear K B, I have endured your endless attacks on Perry Noble and Steven Furtick for years now, and at this juncture I would like to take this opportunity to reprove you and exhort you in the name of Christ. I too disagree with some of the things that take place at NewSpring, where Perry pastors. The strategies he employs are not the strategies that I employ in my church. The phrasing he uses is not the phrasing I use. The tone he often strikes in his delivery is not one that I often strike. And the way that he deals with critics seems to me to be lacking in love. (I am not nearly as familiar with Furtick's ministry, so I won't speak to that.) Nevertheless, it seems to me that most of these things fall clearly under the heading of "disputable matters" that Paul discusses in Romans 14. The one exception would be whether he is lacking in love--and my own impressions are certainly not any kind of solid basis for me to be able to know his heart. How is it that you find such certainty to know another's heart? "Who are you to judge someone else's servant?... You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat your brother or sister with contempt? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat? So then, we will all give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another" (Ro. 14:4, 10-13). [delete comment]
Keith B
February 24, 2012
LOL...as if. Did Jesus really want you to yell at the sheep and tell them they suck? Or to play Highway to Hell during an Easter service? [delete comment]

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