Summary: Part of Jeremiah's First Sermon. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Picture 1: A plundered slave (vs 14-19).
• Picture 2: A Stubborn Animal (vs 20).
• Picture 3: A degenerate vine (vs 21).
• If you want to embarrass a preacher:
• Just ask him how the first sermon he ever preached went.
• Most of can remember it well, because it was not a very enjoyable experience!!!
• Often during a preachers first sermon he is very, very nervous.
• Often you get very tongue-tied.
• And when you allow your nerves to kick in;
• It is easy to feel like you are the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time!
• You may have heard of the expression ‘Spoonerism’.
• You will find it in the dictionary.
• A ‘spoonerism’ is an error in speech or deliberate play on words;
• In which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched.
• It is named after the Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844–1930),
• Warden of New College, Oxford, who was notoriously prone to this tendency.
• Poor old Spooner had a dreadful habit;
• Of confusing his message in the process of giving it:
• At a wedding he told the groom, 'It is kistomary to cuss the bride.'
• Calling on the dean of Christ Church he asked the secretary; 'Is the bean dizzy?"
• Giving the eulogy at a clergyman's funeral, he praised his departed colleague as;
• “A shoving leopard to his flock.”
(e.g.). In a sermon he warned his congregation
• “There is no peace in a home where a dinner swells'.
• Meaning, of courses 'where a sinner dwells”'
(e.g.). Speaking to a group of farmers:
• Spooner intended to greet them as “Sons of toil,”
• But what came out was. "I see before me tons of soil.”
Well, any preacher will have empathy & understanding for the Reverend Spooner:
• And as Jeremiah was about to learn a she starts off his preaching ministry;
• Preaching is not as easy as it sometimes looks!
• Story told of a preacher who asked his wife:
• “Should I have put more fire into my sermon”,
• His wife replied: “No darling, you should have put more of your sermon in the fire”.
• Welsh Preacher worked himself into a frenzy while preaching on Psalm 42:
• “As the deer pants for the water, so my soul thirsts after you”.
• As he continued he cried out to the congregation:
• “Yes, brothers & sisters, it’s your pants that he wants!”
• (in the U.K. ‘pants’ is also a vernacular term for undergarments)
• We are breaking into the story of Jeremiah;
• As Jeremiah, the young inexperienced preacher is preaching his first sermon
• (The whole sermon starts at chapter 2 verse 1 and finishes at chapter 3 verse 5).
• Jeremiah’s sermon is not full of ‘spoonerisms’;
• But they were full courageous, compassion and conviction!