You are one of them. It would be good to prayerfully consider what this might mean for how you present yourself and the message,
It is good to remember that your church is not a unique collection of hyper-spiritual elite super saints. Nor is it the strangest and most bizarre collection of people either. You preach to ordinary people.
Ordinary people have doubts that they don’t think they are supposed to have.
Ordinary people generally feel tired and short on motivation.
Ordinary people often have fears that may be unfounded but still feel ever so real when they lie awake at night.
Ordinary people are anxious about “little things” and distracted.
Ordinary people think they struggle, but assume that everyone else has it all together in life.
Ordinary people do not think they are particularly significant, or influential.
Ordinary people sin.
Ordinary people are oblivious to some of their sin, but painfully burdened by other aspects of it.
Ordinary people, even after responding to the gospel of grace, still feel that their standing before God depends on their own effort and spiritual “success.”
Ordinary people already feel guilty about several things, not least their lack of proactive witnessing.
Ordinary people are very ordinary.
You preach to ordinary people. You are also one of them. It would probably be good to prayerfully consider what this might mean for how you present yourself, how you present the message, and how the message is supposed to intersect with their lives.
Peter Mead is mentor at Cor Deo and author of several books. This article first appeared on his blog Biblical Preaching.
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