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Discussion in '2000-02 Archive' started by SaggyWoman, Nov 3, 2001.

  1. SaggyWoman

    SaggyWoman Active Member

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    How often do you work on your sermon for Sunday all week/all month, and then change it at the 11th or 12th hour?
     
  2. TomVols

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    Really depends on what you mean by the 11th hour. I am typically loathe to "Saturday Night Specials," though Spurgeon may not have been :D
    I am huge on long range planning and book-by-book preaching through the Bible. But if I sense a need to address something else or if a major need arises in our congregation or community that needs an application from the Word of God, I go with that.
     
  3. Rev. Joshua

    Rev. Joshua <img src=/cjv.jpg>

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    I'm a lectionary preacher, and generally plan my sermons out well in advance. Considering the amount of prayer, study, and research that I belive should go into a sermon, it would be extremely rare for my to change a sermon at the last minute.

    I am, however, often still polishing my manuscript on Saturday evening.

    Joshua
     
  4. Dr. Bob

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    Perhaps one could accuse me of not being sensitive to the leading of the Spirit, but in 30+ years of preaching an average of 150 times a year, I have never just changed a message or replaced it with a new message at the last minute.

    Now sometimes I have only gotten part way through point one in a three point message and spent so much time there that it in reality became a complete sermon. That was probably my insensitivity when developing the message in the first place.

    Expositional preaching lends itself to the text and it is amazing how God uses texts seemingly unrelated to meet someone's need.

    Praise His Name!
     
  5. Rev. Joshua

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dr. Bob Griffin:
    Expositional preaching lends itself to the text and it is amazing how God uses texts seemingly unrelated to meet someone's need.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Well Bob. There you go. It was inevitable...

    :eek:

    We agree!
     
  6. Dr. Bob

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    &gt;&gt;&gt;G*A*S*P&lt;&lt;&lt; NOOOOOoooooooo o o o And some say the "day of miracles" is past! ;) :eek: :rolleyes: :eek: [​IMG]
     
  7. Michael Wrenn

    Michael Wrenn New Member

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    Bob,

    And some say the same about tongues-speaking, too--so, if you start doing that, I know it'll be time for me to leave. :D [​IMG]
     
  8. Barnabas H.

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    The Lord always works in a misterious way! There were times when I prepared with a Scripture passage and was ready to preach but the Lord impressed on my heart something else and I went up the pulpit shaking and resisting but He strengthened me and the outcome was amazing. The Lord opened a door to me and I had to enter and just be His channel for the moment. The thoughts, the Scripture passages just came so fast and overwhelming that I humbly bowed to the indwelling Spirit and allowed to speak through me.

    But in general when I prepare a sermon, I usually take a week - seven days to be exact, or sometimes even longer. And it always happens that when I start out looking for a nugget (the Bible being so rich) I usually find the motherload and can't let it go! [​IMG]
     
  9. Revelator

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    Well this past sunday I preached both services and bothtimes I felt like the Spirit wanted me to change my message..both times somthing good happened. First my sister joined the church and the second a girl got saved
     
  10. Kathy

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    Wow! I love reading in this forum! I LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear stories about preachers being led by the Holy Spirit! That just totally blows my mind for the following reasons:

    1. How honored you must feel that God has specifically chosen you to feed his flock.
    2. What an AWESOME responsibility to take on...I'm GLAD I'm not a man, much less a preacher!

    God Bless you fine gentlemen! From a humble member of the flock...THANK YOU!

    Kathy
    &lt;&gt;&lt;
     
  11. Circuitrider

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    It looks like this thread is cooling off...

    I know it is hard to swallow BB members but I am with Dr. Bob. :cool: After 30 years of pastoral ministry, I, too, have never changed my message in the pulpit. Now I might have decided part way through the week to change the message, but never at the last minute. I personally believe that the Holy Spirit can lead me a week in advance to change what I might have spoken on just as well as he could direct me at the last minute. :D

    We have a great God and I am always thankful for his leading and direction in my life and ministry now over 35 years. Praise the Lord!

    Keep in the Word!!
     
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