Too many Christians are “fans” without fire. They have little or no passion for Jesus. They’ve made nominal Christianity normal. Why?
A preacher can’t implant in qualities in other people that he doesn’t have in himself. That’s one reason sermons seldom impart godliness. When church pulpits are filled with people-pleasers instead of truth speakers genuine Christianity has faded away.
Self-appointed teachers lack a depth of personal experience of daily submitting to Jesus, so their teaching focuses on head knowledge. If a preacher’s lifestyle isn’t in line with his message, he’s teaching from a false sense of self-assurance.
A preacher trying to teach based only on what he’s studied has limited effectiveness since he’s not speaking from personal experience with Jesus. To try to teach religious head knowledge to inattentive church attendees falls far short of New Testament discipleship. When preachers preach borrowed (or stolen) sermons, they are misleading a congregation with second-hand material.
The most effective Christian teachers teach from their personal experiences with the risen Jesus, not from their head knowledge. Discipleship must be heart-felt! A Christ-follower is a Spirit-glider, being continually carried & lifted up on the wind of the Holy Spirit.
Every wrongful thought allowed to remain in the mind is a secret idol. Some people let their mind be full of idols. When we sin, guilt deprives our conscience of intimate relationship with God.
A weekly sermon
Is to ride
With God’s Spirit
And to glide
With His gladness.