Ok lets move on. The bible says that the Gospel is the power unto salvation. That’s Good News however, Good News delivered badly can be indigestible.
I used to have a phobia of swallowing big pills. I knew that I needed the medicine, that it was good for me and that if I did not take the pill my condition would worsen. But the pill was so big it would get stuck in my throat. I would feel like I was choking. I would try and cut it in half but then the halves were so sharp that it would hurt my throat.
- The preacher’s message focuses on the sinner and not the Savior:
As Pastors, why do we use guilt and condemnation as tools to preach the gospel? I’ve heard evangelists who spend more time talking about hell and sin than they do speaking about grace and love.
Don’t misunderstand me, people need to understand they are sinners but they also need to understand that someone has died for their sin so that they don’t need to continue to live in this state. The love of Christ should always be our method for winning souls.
Using guilt to get people to accept Jesus isn’t the Good News at all. In fact, it can be equivalent to blackmail and is the reason why some Christians’ walk with Jesus are short lived. Many Christians don’t enjoy their relationship with Jesus because of the way they were introduced to him.
- The preachers life does not align with the message:
This frustrates the life out of me. Please, please, please do not preach a gospel you do not live out? I get it, no one is perfect and we all fall short. But our lives should be evidence of our message. People can sometimes be blind to spiritual things but it isn’t too hard to point out a phony.
When your personal life does not line up with what you preach from the pulpit, people will eventually notice. Your sermons will reach congregants and members in your church but your lifestyle will preach to your family, close friends and even those who see you from their vantage point.
Just some small advice, people are still able to see you when you’re pumping gas, grabbing coffee or picking up the kids. Show them something worth seeing. Show them a life that is submitted to Jesus.
- The preacher’s message is not clear:
If you’re going to preach the gospel then make sure your communication is clear and that it is well thought out. Make sure you pray for anointing.
Nothing is more disappointing than hearing a message that is funny, witty and filled with great analogies but lacks the power to bring change. What’s also important is that you keep it simple. When a message lacks clarity it could be the biggest deterrent to the gospel.
How many sermons have you sat through that have confused you to the point where you completely check out? People walk away from those kinds of messages wondering if there was even a point to the sermon. Do yourself a favor and cut out the things that aren’t completely necessary. People come for the good stuff. Give it to them!
After years of dealing with my strong dislike for pills my doctor introduced me to gel caps. Wow, what a difference. Gel caps were all of the medicine I needed and a help to my condition all in a format that was easy for me to digest.
When you’re creating evangelical strategies, consider making the messaging of the Gospel easy to digest.