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Prayer for Preaching

Active
Greetings,

I am asking prayer for my first sermon in church this coming Sunday.
I will be preaching as a law servant ministry in my pastor's absence and
since this is my first time, being nervous is normal. So please pray that
I will be relaxed when I preach. I will share the sermon link on Sunday in the preaching
section after your successful prayers.

Thank you.
 
Active
'Finally, brethren, pray for us,
that the word of the Lord may have free course,
and be glorified, even as it is with you:'
(2 Thess. 3:1)
 
Loyal
Greetings,

I am asking prayer for my first sermon in church this coming Sunday.
I will be preaching as a law servant ministry in my pastor's absence and
since this is my first time, being nervous is normal. So please pray that
I will be relaxed when I preach. I will share the sermon link on Sunday in the preaching
section after your successful prayers.

Thank you.
Being nervous is good. Preachers with 40 years experience are nervous before they stand up, because they know they are taking on a great responsibility.

I'm praying for you. Keep it centred on Jesus, honest and simple and allow God to speak through you.
 
Loyal
Greetings,

I am asking prayer for my first sermon in church this coming Sunday.
I will be preaching as a law servant ministry in my pastor's absence and
since this is my first time, being nervous is normal. So please pray that
I will be relaxed when I preach. I will share the sermon link on Sunday in the preaching
section after your successful prayers.

Thank you.
You are going need it!:sob:
 
Active
Oooooooh,

Thank you so much for noticing that error. It was a typo. It should have been "Lay" Servant.

So I attend a denomination which is about to split likely next year. I do not support gay unions/etc but some do
in the United Methodist Church and the church (global) will likely split as a result. I know that sometimes I mention
that I attend at UMC church people initially think that I support gay marriage, and I don't and many UMC churches do not.

Now that I have that out of the way, in the United Methodist Church Pastors are ordained by the Conference. The pastors
are not members in the church but members in the conference and the conference appoints them to the churches.
This is called itineracy ( read more here: To be United Methodist: What is “itineracy”? | ResourceUMC )
And every so often they are moved to different churches so that the body of Christ does not get too attached to one individual
but is reminded that it is about God, not the preacher, and further so that the ministers of God can be moved around the conference
and share their spiritual gifts. My father was a UMC, he stayed at one assignment for 10 years, however, every year he had
to be reviewed by the conference to see if that was going to be his assignment next year. Pros and Cons to that system.

Anywho, when the pastor is not present "Lay Servants" fill in and they preach and bring the WORD and lead worship.

I completed such a program through here ( Home - BeADisciple.com )

These were the classes that I had to take to be a certified ( Lay Servant Ministries - BeADisciple.com )

So thanks again for recognizing that error, I meant to say Lay Servant Minister. Meaning a Lay person (non-clergy) who
has not attended Seminary school which the Pastors in the UMC attend, ( 4 year Theology degree from a Bible College )
but has completed a shorter program so that they can preach in the absence of the pastor.



----- From the itineracy link above --------------

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, preached up to 40,000 sermons in his lifetime. He was an “itinerant” preacher, traveling from town to town in England, setting up Methodist societies.
In the days of Francis Asbury, the first of two Methodist bishops in the United States, a pastor – most often a circuit rider – might be appointed to half of a state or more. His appointment might be for only three months, after which he moved to another circuit. Thousands of the oldest United Methodist congregations today trace their history to a circuit rider.
This traveling from place to place to begin Methodist societies in principle led to the itinerant system The United Methodist Church uses today.

“Itinerancy” refers specifically to the commitment by pastors to go and serve wherever their bishops send them. “Appointment” is the action taken by bishops. These are different, yet related.
 
Active
Oooooooh,

Thank you so much for noticing that error. It was a typo. It should have been "Lay" Servant.

So I attend a denomination which is about to split likely next year. I do not support gay unions/etc but some do
in the United Methodist Church and the church (global) will likely split as a result. I know that sometimes I mention
that I attend at UMC church people initially think that I support gay marriage, and I don't and many UMC churches do not.

Now that I have that out of the way, in the United Methodist Church Pastors are ordained by the Conference. The pastors
are not members in the church but members in the conference and the conference appoints them to the churches.
This is called itineracy ( read more here: To be United Methodist: What is “itineracy”? | ResourceUMC )
And every so often they are moved to different churches so that the body of Christ does not get too attached to one individual
but is reminded that it is about God, not the preacher, and further so that the ministers of God can be moved around the conference
and share their spiritual gifts. My father was a UMC, he stayed at one assignment for 10 years, however, every year he had
to be reviewed by the conference to see if that was going to be his assignment next year. Pros and Cons to that system.

Anywho, when the pastor is not present "Lay Servants" fill in and they preach and bring the WORD and lead worship.

I completed such a program through here ( Home - BeADisciple.com )

These were the classes that I had to take to be a certified ( Lay Servant Ministries - BeADisciple.com )

So thanks again for recognizing that error, I meant to say Lay Servant Minister. Meaning a Lay person (non-clergy) who
has not attended Seminary school which the Pastors in the UMC attend, ( 4 year Theology degree from a Bible College )
but has completed a shorter program so that they can preach in the absence of the pastor.



----- From the itineracy link above --------------

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, preached up to 40,000 sermons in his lifetime. He was an “itinerant” preacher, traveling from town to town in England, setting up Methodist societies.
In the days of Francis Asbury, the first of two Methodist bishops in the United States, a pastor – most often a circuit rider – might be appointed to half of a state or more. His appointment might be for only three months, after which he moved to another circuit. Thousands of the oldest United Methodist congregations today trace their history to a circuit rider.
This traveling from place to place to begin Methodist societies in principle led to the itinerant system The United Methodist Church uses today.

“Itinerancy” refers specifically to the commitment by pastors to go and serve wherever their bishops send them. “Appointment” is the action taken by bishops. These are different, yet related.
Hello @Jesus_is_LORD.

Thank you for taking the time to explain, and correct the mistake. I hope all goes well for you.

May God's will be done.
In Christ Jesus
Chris
 
Active
Hello @Jesus_is_LORD.

Thank you for taking the time to explain, and correct the mistake. I hope all goes well for you.

May God's will be done.
In Christ Jesus
Chris
Amen I sincerely appreciate that heartfelt sentiments. I sense them all the way here from across the pond (the Atlantic Ocean).
Love and God Bless.
 
Loyal
Good sermon! I really appreciated hearing this, especially learning the story of the miraculous move from Liberia. @Jesus_is_LORD I've no idea how nervous you were feeling, but you looked like you were confident, knew what you wanted to say and totally committed to your message.
 
Active
Good sermon! I really appreciated hearing this, especially learning the story of the miraculous move from Liberia. @Jesus_is_LORD I've no idea how nervous you were feeling, but you looked like you were confident, knew what you wanted to say and totally committed to your message.
Amen thank God. The Holy Spirit took control and totally took away my nervousness, I felt such peace or an absence of self during the preaching. Glory to God.
Thanks for the feedback.

I know some people don't like some of his (John Piper) theology, but I listened to all 31 videos in his teaching class here.


The playlist of the 31 vidoes is here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAcB0f-21Xj3uEBXBDj_ySH5mma8JyR5q

Topics for each video is below ( I watched all 31 videos in my preparation ) In addition to practicing my sermon about 25 times+ to get familiar and to memorize most of it.

Invitation to ‘The Preaching Class’

Lecture Introduction: Preaching Is a Great Thing


Lecture 1: The Making of a Preacher


Lecture 2: The Divine Call to Preaching


Lecture 3: What Is Preaching?



Lecture 4: What Is Expository?

Lecture 5: What Is Exultation?

Lecture 6: Preaching Is Worship

Lecture 7: Acting the Miracle

Lecture 8: Choosing the Text

Lecture 9: Sermon Preparation

Lecture 10: Sermon Formation

Lecture 11: Manuscript or Memory?

Lecture 12: How Do People Change?

Lecture 13: Sermon Essentials I

Lecture 14: Sermon Essentials II

Lecture 15: Sermon Essentials III

Lecture 16: Category Creation

Lecture 17: Earnestness in Preaching

Lecture 18: Courage and Humility

Lecture 19: Gesture, Tone, and Demeanor

Workshop 1: Why God Uses Preachers

Workshop 2: We Are About a Great Work

Workshop 3: The Art of Self-Forgetfulness

Workshop 4: Call and Response

Workshop 5: The Power of Words

Workshop 6: With Such Odd Exuberance

Workshop 7: Our Spiritual Condition

Workshop 8: Difficult Texts

Workshop 9: Cultural Moments

Workshop 10: Addressing Social Issues
 
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Active
Greetings,

I am asking prayer for my first sermon in church this coming Sunday.
I will be preaching as a law servant ministry in my pastor's absence and
since this is my first time, being nervous is normal. So please pray that
I will be relaxed when I preach. I will share the sermon link on Sunday in the preaching
section after your successful prayers.

Thank you.

Is it this Sunday or last Sunday that was your first? Father, please bless our brother in sharing Your Word to others. I pray that he will feel relaxed and confident. Please give him the right words to say and minister to others through him. Thank You that You are using him. Please use him, Holy Spirit. In Jesus Name, Amen
 
Active
Amen thank God. The Holy Spirit took control and totally took away my nervousness, I felt such peace or an absence of self during the preaching. Glory to God.
Thanks for the feedback.

I know some people don't like some of his (John Piper) theology, but I listened to all 31 videos in his teaching class here.


The playlist of the 31 vidoes is here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAcB0f-21Xj3uEBXBDj_ySH5mma8JyR5q

Topics for each video is below ( I watched all 31 videos in my preparation ) In addition to practicing my sermon about 25 times+ to get familiar and to memorize most of it.

Invitation to ‘The Preaching Class’

Lecture Introduction: Preaching Is a Great Thing


Lecture 1: The Making of a Preacher


Lecture 2: The Divine Call to Preaching


Lecture 3: What Is Preaching?



Lecture 4: What Is Expository?

Lecture 5: What Is Exultation?

Lecture 6: Preaching Is Worship

Lecture 7: Acting the Miracle

Lecture 8: Choosing the Text

Lecture 9: Sermon Preparation

Lecture 10: Sermon Formation

Lecture 11: Manuscript or Memory?

Lecture 12: How Do People Change?

Lecture 13: Sermon Essentials I

Lecture 14: Sermon Essentials II

Lecture 15: Sermon Essentials III

Lecture 16: Category Creation

Lecture 17: Earnestness in Preaching

Lecture 18: Courage and Humility

Lecture 19: Gesture, Tone, and Demeanor

Workshop 1: Why God Uses Preachers

Workshop 2: We Are About a Great Work

Workshop 3: The Art of Self-Forgetfulness

Workshop 4: Call and Response

Workshop 5: The Power of Words

Workshop 6: With Such Odd Exuberance

Workshop 7: Our Spiritual Condition

Workshop 8: Difficult Texts

Workshop 9: Cultural Moments

Workshop 10: Addressing Social Issues
Well I read this after. But praise God. Thankful it went well!!!!
 

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