By Craig Groeschel on Apr 29, 2011
Craig Groeschel encourages pastors to make sure they don't miss the key ingredient for authenticity in preaching.
I’d like to discuss the value and necessity of authentic and transparent preaching.
Every year, I personally mentor a handful of young speakers. Most of the speakers I work with don’t struggle with researching the text, preaching creatively, building meaningful outlines, or pointing people toward the gospel. Most of the communicators I see struggle to bring all of themselves to a message.
When you preach or teach, you must bring you. Without you in, around, and through the message, you will not impact today’s listener.
The younger audience today has a built in authenticity-meter. You can preach with passion, humor, clever points, or heart-wrenching stories. But if the scriptures haven’t touched your life, the listener will know it—and ignore your well-crafted message.
People want to know:
- How has the text affected you?
- How have you failed in the area the Scripture addresses?
- What about the text makes you uncomfortable?
- What do you feel about what Scripture is saying? (I know our feelings don’t trump scriptural truth, but talking about how we feel about the text can help engage others at a deeper level.)
- How are you becoming different because of your study in God’s word?
Which preachers do you listen to who do a good job of bringing themselves into the message? How are you learning to “bring you” as a communicator?
Related Preaching Articles
By Brian Croft on May 5, 2017
There are all kinds of different sermons a preacher can preach, but the most helpful for a pastor to feed his people with week after week is expository sermons.
By Joe Hoagland on Apr 22, 2017
What if I told you there is one main thing you can improve to make people want to come back time and time again.
By Lane Sebring on Feb 24, 2017
I want to show you why I believe the often neglected step of rehearsing the sermon is essential to great sermon delivery.
By Hal Seed on Feb 21, 2017
Each week, the most important time for all of us who preach or teach for a living is our preparation time.
By Brandon Kelley on Jan 23, 2017
Timothy Keller seems to have the pulse of our present culture in a way that I’ve not encountered before.