Sermons lead by the Holy Spirit.

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  1. g'day mate

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    To hear a sermon or to be lead in prayer, by a pastor,who has called upon,and is lead by the Holy Spirit,is a great joy.My question is do all Pastors Call upon the Holy Spirit?and does it work for you?
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  2. TaterTot

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    Depends on what you mean:

    A) A preacher need not study, just let the Holy Spirit flow and preach words as they come to mind

    B) A preacher needs to study/exegete a passage in order to "rightly divide the word of truth" and call upon the Holy Spirit to lead in passage selection and in preparation of the hearts of listeners.

    I vote for "B"
     
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    I carefully prepare my heart, then my head for preaching. But sometimes it is very hard labor and I do not feel "good" about it.

    Often in those cases the Spirit of God has used the message to reach places/people I could not. So I, for one, depend 100% on the Spirit to take what I've prepared.

    Wish you could have heard Jesus magnified this morning. I walked away as if I had been passively listening rather than preaching.
     
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    If I was bold enough, which I am not, one might say, that any pastor you failed to call upon the Holy Spirit,was saying Lord I can handle this on my own,take a holiday. Jobs wright I have control.
    Only to find out later that it does not work that way. is that the way you see the situation? Sorry about the Aussie way of saying this if it sounds a little to crude.But I think you understand what I mean.
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    I'm votin' with TaterTot and the Right Rev. Brother Doctor on this one. I study, study, study during the week--formulating a plan drawn up through prayer--and therefore because I do that--its a "piece of cake" on Sunday mornings/evenings and on Wednesday's Bible Study. If I do anything else--I would be "winging it!!"

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    Calling upon the Holy Spirit does not excuse laziness in employing the mind God has given us. Surely there are times when our well comes up empty, in our own minds, and the Holy Spirit takes the simple efforts of His servants and strikes the hearts of his listeners.

    If we are to depend on ourselves alone, then we best post-pone the service one half hour and bow before our Lord. Better to enter the pulpit in a "wrinkled suit" than to appear before the people bereft of all spirituality.

    Cheers,

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    I study, study, study and meditate, meditate, meditate in preparation for preaching, starting at least two weeks ahead and sometimes more. Often I wake up in the middle of the night on the Wednesday or Thursday before preaching with an illustration that fits the sermon. And sometimes I wake up early on Sunday morning with a brainstorm for re-working the sermon altogether. If the sermons are any good, the credit goes to the Lord for such late-in-the-process ideas. I think good sermons are the result of study, good homiletical training, befriending people around me and trying to learn what is going on in their life (so that your preaching is practical), and mystical guidance from the Lord which I can neither define nor explain. Does anyone else have experiences like these?
     
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    I enjoy walking through the auditorium on Saturday, with no one within earshot save Jesus, and practice phrases, gestures, where and what I'll emphasize. I often pray for folks (many sit in the same place week by week) as I walk and practice.

    But I have seen men who were "great pulpiteers" and gifted speakers, who could manipulate audiences with well-crafted emotional stories, but did not have the blessing/power of God. Oh, they could get "results", but not the work of God.

    I fight every week to do MY best in rhetoric and delivery of the Word, but allow the Spirit to do the work in hearts. THOSE decisions are real.
     
  9. zyzex

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    Pray, pray, and pray. That we should call upon God through our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, in order for God's Holy Spirit to do His work through us. (John 17:23-26, 17:7-15) Many times the Holy Spirit will work through a message that we do not feel as though it has any power contained in it. The same can be said for exercising the gifts of the Spirit. After "soaking" the intended sermon with prayer, then we have the necessary faith to present it, with the conviction that God will do His will through it, even if we don't feel impressed by it.(Gal 1:11-12, Eph 4:7-15).
     

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