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My Preaching Goal For 2016

My Preaching Goal For 2016

The New Year usually begins surrounded by family and friends celebrating.  However, after you sleep in on January 1st, it’s back to you looking in your mirror wondering. “What am I  going to do with this new year God has granted me?”

 

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Will you sit on the couch and eat junk food like you did last year?

Will you get your butt in gear and actually get outside and get some exercise?

Will you continue to complain about your “going nowhere” job or will you put the wheels in motion to get some more education?

We are encouraged to make:

  • Family Goals
  • Financial Goals
  • Spiritual Goals
  • Social Goals
  • Career Goals
  • Physical Goals

Are you tired yet?

Here’s one more to consider.  How about making a 2016 Preaching Goal?

My goal this year is simple, to use more Biblical illustrations and Cross-references.  Here’s why…

The Word Has Power

The list of the various types of sermon illustrations is quite long.  However, do any of those have the power of the  inspired Word of God? “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16)  

Balance

I remember a friend of mine reading a popular “Leadership” book and saying, “If I read one more sports illustration in this book I’m going to scream.”  What’s your default illustration?  Mine is personal examples.  Using more Biblical examples will give more balance to my preaching.

Making Connections

I read an article saying that there is a danger in using Biblical illustrations because people will be to familiar with the stories.  Therefore, the impact will not be as great.  That is a position that I do not agree with.  We live in a world where the average church person and guest from the neighbourhood have much less Biblical knowledge than a generation ago.  Using Biblical illustrations is a way to show how Scripture is connected from Genesis to Revelation.  66 books and just one message.

So how about you? What is your preaching goal for this year? new-years-eve-1046694_1920

Where would you like to improve?

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