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I honestly believe I’ve got the best idea EVER for a sermon series in your church…one that will lead to breakthroughs, one that will be talked about until Jesus comes back and one that God will use in ways that will absolutely blow your mind.

Here it is – get alone with God, open your Bible, read it until he sets your heart on fire…and then go unleash that fire through preaching to the people He has called you to preach to!

In other words…get “a word” from “The Word!”

Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE creative sermon/series planning.  I LOVE trying to figure out how we can communicate timeless principles in the context of the society that we are in.  I LOVE doing WHATEVER it takes short of sin to get as many people outside the doors of the church to come inside!

However, the trap that I am seeing so many pastors fall into is they fall in love with the process of creativity and allow it to bypass the love they once had for their Creator!

Leadership AND preaching really is as easy as listening to God and then doing what HE says!

And…let me be straight, I really do believe that God gives us really creative ideas…and that refusing to use them is simply bad stewardship.

BUT…I also believe that trying to make sure every series that we do has a certain pop and sizzle is an insane trap that can cause us to lose focus on what HE has called us to do…PREACH HIS WORD!  If we are not careful we can get so creative in our church services that there really isn’t any need for the presence of God…and THAT is the most ungodly place we could ever lead our people to!

God’s Word WILL produce a harvest (see Isaiah 55:8-13, this is a PROMISE)…and the BEST way to see a harvest in the people we preach to is to preach out of the personal harvest that God is bringing forth in us.

And so when this means going all out and having the most creative set design, song selection and video that it can have…praise God, I am all for that…using WHATEVER we can to communicate His Word.

But then I believe there will be times that we do catch a “creative cramp,” and when we do it is probably just God trying to get our attention and bring us back to rely on HIS SPIRIT rather than our strategy.

Yes, we are called to be creative (God is NOT boring), but our call to be that way comes after our call to be obedient.

If God is setting your heart on fire…unleash that fire on Sunday!  PREACH!



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.

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Stephen Berry

commented on Jun 13, 2011

Thanks - much appreciated your thoughts. SOmetimes we can so much want the next big thing - when the big thing (THE WORD OF GOD) is right in front of us

Steve Shepherd

commented on Jun 13, 2011

Amen!

Sterling Franklin

commented on Jun 13, 2011

Good strategy, I keep going back to it, and it's pretty wise. Thanks brother.

Don Workman

commented on Jun 13, 2011

I thought this is what it was always suppose to be about anyway - it is what I've practiced for over 30 years (yeah, I'm an old guy) and this "method" has never failed me yet. I've tried to follow the homiletic system of "Preach the WORD" because I've never seen the Bible say, "Be CREATIVE, then preach." I really appreciate Perry's call back to the basics, and I pray that in following it none will bore people with the Word which as we all know is the cardinal sin of preaching. May the "exposing" of the Word of God bring life change to individuals and health to Christ's church!

Roger Asselin

commented on Jun 14, 2011

So, what's new! Your comment is good and very timely. Thanks! It is also a good eye opener for those who only use canned messages (especially the series). Preaching from the Word place God out front and does away with much of the fluff found in some of the store bought series teachings. It's not that they are bad but why take a 12 lesson series to do what 1 good Word centered message could accomplish in 30 to 45 minutes. It could also save you're church a bundle. It is extremely expensive to purchas the necessary media. A class of 50 would have to shell out well over $1000.00 for just some of the lesson material. Christ and His followers did very well being short and to the point. Why can't we?

David Hodgin

commented on Jun 14, 2011

Thank you for a well placed article. With the barrage of articles, books and strategies that come our way, it is easy to forget the main thing is simple; preach the word.

Roger Ford

commented on Jun 15, 2011

Amen and Amen!!

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