Of all the places people receive messages from in our world today, there remains one place they should be able to go with high trust in the speaker.
People in our churches and in our communities need to know when they come to church that the person speaking from the platform is not like an old sophist, speaking for personal gain, but is trustworthy.
Where have all the evangelists gone? That is a question I have asked myself since the early days of my Christian experience.
Sadly, evangelism has fallen on hard times, especially within the local church. One thing seems certain, Satan has successfully “shut” the mouths of many of God’s people and the lack of emphasis on evangelism is crippling the church big time.
I believe an invitation for people to respond to the preacher’s message should be given every time the Word is preached in a corporate gathering.
To be clear, while I am advocating for consistent invitations, I’m not suggesting that pastors extend a heavy, evangelistic, “walk-the-aisle” invitation every service. Invitations can and should be about more than just conversion.
In most churches the preaching pastor spends a significant amount of time studying alone and crafting the sermon each week in preparation for Sunday. It’s hard work and a great labor of love. At Redemption Hill Church we have taken a slightly different approach.
We study together every week. Before RHC I had never experienced this approach. Now, I would never choose to do it any other way.
For me, rock climbing with cams is a metaphor for preaching. Too often in sermon preparation I feel the pressure to say everything about everything. But there is only so much time in any given sermon, and a dozen random comments — all true enough — are like chintzy fasteners. They simply won’t hold when hardships cause our faith to slip.
Instead, I want my preaching each week to set just one anchor deep into some aspect of who God is and what He has done, is doing, and will do for us in Christ.
Eastern District Association
PO Box 3547
Camp Hill, PA 17011