I think it all boils down to that.
Ok, here’s the deal…I love the craft…the calling…and the art of preaching. I have loved it since I was 13 years old. When I was 13, I was asked to share my story (or if your a church person…testimony) at my church. I’ll never forget it. It was an old Lutheran Church that had one of those giant pulpits. As I walked up to it, I needed to stand on a few yellow pages to be able to see over the pulpit.
I loved it. I was so nervous, but I loved it. Ever since then, I have loved the art and craft of preaching. Of speaking. Of teaching.
Then…THEN…I found out about Billy Graham and my love really took off. I can remember being a in high school and reading and watching everything I could on Billy!
I think, after 18 years of preaching, the ONE must have quality of a GREAT PREACHER is being…
Yes, there are a lot of other incredibly important qualities and actually Paul in 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 gives Timothy a whole list.
- Being Bold (2:2)
- Have Great Convictions and seeking God’s Approval, Not Man’s (2:3-4)
- Not being Shady (2:3)
- Being Humble (2:5)
- Balanced (2:5-6)
- Gentle (2:6)
- Selfless (2:8)
- Shepherd (2:10)
Here’s a few thoughts on Being Real…
1. Use as many stories that you can from your personal life. I think this is an insensible characteristic of being real. If you’re continually using canned stories and never opening up your heart to the people you teach, you’re losing out. The REAL meter will be be pretty low.
2. Share your struggles. Admitting weakness is always hard, especially if you’re doing it in front of people. But, people will follow you and learn a great deal from you if you don’t sugar coat your life. Show people your real.
3. Be Passionate. Don’t fake be energetic and zealous and passionate, but let your love for the word and your love to see people find Jesus come out in your preaching.
I’m preaching to myself here. I think being real is an indepensible quality of being a great preacher and one that I try to be every time I have the amazing opportunity to preach or teach God’s word.