pastors under conviction

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  1. Lacy Evans

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    Many times when I prepare a sermon, I come under great conviction. My preaching is expository and many times the subject that "happens" to fall next is a sore spot. I recently preached on the qualifications of an elder and realized that some of these things (especially hospitality) at times are areas of weakness for me, an elder. I am preaching tonight on joy and I am so down, so tired that I feel like I should let someone else preach on that topic. Many times, I feel like I am the main one who needs the sermon in our little congregation. Is it just an attack of the enemy to disrupt my study time? Are the best sermons the ones we need ourselves? How open and honest should I be with my assembly about my spiritual condition and needs?

    If some of you older more seasoned preachers could explain this to me and offer any words of wisdom, I'd appreciate it.

    Lacy Evans
     
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    I don't know how much older and wiser I am, but I get convicted almost every time I preach. I have always been grateful for it as it shows me the Holy Spirit is still dealing with me!
     
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    I preach through books of the Bible - always tell the folks that if they don't like the subject - they can blame the Holy Spirit - because He chose the subject.

    At times I hit on topics that make me look in the mirror - not a pleasant thing to have to do - but necessary.

    Dan
     
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    Hello, Lacy:

    Went to check your website out. Loved the links, especially the harmonica and guitar links.
    You know, every preacher, seasoned or not, faces the same problem. I believe every preacher had had the experience of wanting to just curl up in a corner come Saturday night and sleep thru the whole Sunday unnoticed.

    But David said: "Whither shall I go from thy Spirit ?........." Paul said: "For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! " and Isaiah said, when he saw God's glory "Woe is me, for I am a man of unclean lips !". And Jeremiah ? Him who God called from the womb ?

    Listen to what he has to say: Jeremiah 20:7-9
    So, be of good cheer. You are in good company.
     
  5. j_barner2000

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    I talked to my senior pastor about the similar issue. I am convicted for every sermon I prepare. He said He would be more concerned if there was no conviction there. Conviction is the result of the Holy Spirit using His word to help us grow.

    So in my opinion, It is a good thing.
     
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    This happens many times...when you are directed to preach a message concerning something that challenges you personally. Those messages are hard to preach without becoming convicted.

    It's at times like that where I wish I could walk the aisle, but I'm already there!
     
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    Unless we walk in another's shoes...............If we do not first feel the sermon, there is no point in preaching the sermon.In order to get to the fruit of the potato, we must peel off the skin. Both parts are edible and equally nutricious. So it is with preaching. We first prepare outselves, then prepare our sermon, and then get at the fruit. The Lord always speaks clearly.

    I don't think it is essential to tell the congregation that you are convicted by your sermon. I should think they know that or will sense it in your preaching,,,at least, I should hope so.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    When I go to prepare a sermon, I try to get the general Idea during the first part of the week and get illustrations, other texts, etc the rest of the week. Well, It hardly ever fails that the Lord will put me through something, a test, if you will to show me how to preach it from the heart. This happened for a couple years and I had the "bright" Idea that I would wait till Saturday to even think about the sermon. You can probably guess what happened. God made me live out the sermon the following week!
    Hey, I just had another "bright" idea! Since God wants me to live out the sermon, maybe I should preach on the evils of getting rich!! [​IMG]
     

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