Journeyman Project Dispatches from the Life of Patrick Fowler: Christianity Explored

27Feb/094

The Reluctant Preacher, Part 1

This semester finds me navigating uncharted waters...particularly in the area of public speaking. I have often used my education in Christian matters to speak before other people, but the majority of that speaking has been in a classroom setting. Now that I am faced with the prospect of spending forty minutes exhorting and explaining the Word of God to a crowd, I am terrified. And not without good reasons:

1. DTS has convinced me that Scripture must not be misused...and staying true to the text is harder than it looks. I spend hours on assignments, only to have my understanding of passages corrected in class. I thought I was smart!

2. Writing eloquently is easier than Speaking effectively. You can pause and collect your thoughts between sentences when you write, but when you collect your thoughts while speaking, it's usually accompanied by the word "Ummmm"

3. Exhortation only works when you are yielded to the Spirit. Being earnest requires having applied the Scripture to your own life, as well as to the life of others. Understanding comes faster than application. Proper application takes time...and how many of us plan far enough ahead in our teaching to allow the Scriptures to sink into our own actions?

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