One of the greatest privileges I have in life is the opportunity to prepare messages. Although I enjoy preaching, I always feel that there is a really special process of coming before God, seeking his heart and searching the scriptures beforehand. I really love preparation…………..most of the time! I say most of the time, because this week I have had a really tough time.
I am speaking at a conference in Exeter on Saturday and a nearby church with two sites on Sunday. Although I am usually happy to tackle a ‘set text’, I really do wish the pastor had allocated me a different one on this occasion. I have read it, re-read it and, have up to now drafted half a dozen sermon outlines from it. However, as it stands I still don’t know what I am saying on Sunday morning. With this in mind, I share with you a few brief thoughts.
Firstly, it is important that we learn to wrestle with Biblical truth. There were occasions when the Apostle Peter found Paul’s letter difficult to understand (2 Peter 3:16). That does not mean however he dismissed them or neglected them.
Secondly, we need the Spirit to lead and guide us as we come to Scripture. Jesus himself said that ‘the Spirit would lead you into all truth’. (John 16:13).
Lastly, I am really looking forward to Sunday. I know that sounds ironic, but my experience echo’s that of Paul’s, namely ‘God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness’ (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Every blessing, Gareth