Can you preach a good sermon without love?
I was at a gathering of pastors, and the gust speaker said, “You can preach a good sermon without loving your people, but you will never preach a great sermon without loving them.”
I immediately wrote the phrase down and chewed on it for a while.
Can pastors really preach good without love?
The more I thought about it, the more I realized it is true.
There are plenty of pastors who preach good sermons without love for the people they are preaching to. They preach well, because, although they don’t love people, they love preaching.
Their people even say afterwards, “That was a good sermon.” Because by all accounts it was.
The timing and delivery were good. The illustrations were well rehearsed. The pastor was likable. The interpretation of scripture was solid. But “good” is all their preaching will ever be.
There is just something missing. Something that cannot be measured, but it can be felt. Love.
On the other hand, there are other pastors who preach the same level of sermon (even less polished), but have a genuine love for the people they are preaching to.
Their love is obvious. It flows through them….Continue Reading