Writer and author Arnold H. Glasow wrote the following about success, he said that “Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.” What a profound simple statement. Most believe that in order to be successful we need a complicated plan for success. But as Mr. Glasow said, “success is simple.” What we need is to do the right thing the right way and at the right time. One of the acceptable measures of success is numbers, especially in religious circles. Many pastors feel like failures because they pastor a small congregation. Don’t get me wrong, I did not say that I do not want a larger congregation, what I am saying is that you should not measure your success by the size of your congregation.
Having a large congregation does not necessarily mean that your ministry is successful. I have witnessed many large churches fail and close their doors after the death of the pastor, and I have also witnessed small congregations give birth to other churches after the death of the pastor. Jesus had a congregation of about 120 but of the 120 He had a core group of 11 men and those eleven men changed the face of the world. Why did these eleven men change the world? Their preaching was simple but powerful.
Because we measure success by numbers, many pastors and leaders believe that they must preach complicated and complex sermons in order to grow the church. So they preach complicated sermons without power. Now I am not saying that you should not spend time to exegete the text, but after the study, your preaching should be simple but powerful. The kind of preaching that a child can understand, that will change lives, and bring deliverance to those who hear your message. Like the Apostle Paul said to the church at Thessalonia, “because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.” 1 Thessalonians 1:5 (NIV)
Yes! Our preaching should be with power and deep conviction, our preaching should be Holy Spirit inspired. Our preaching should not be the latest fad or current political hot topic, but it should be simple powerful and from the Bible. As we enter this new year, as preachers and leaders let us not look at the numbers, but let us concentrate on preaching the right message at the right time. Remember to preach the book with simplicity and power, as Paul said to his son Timothy. “I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.” 2 Timothy 4:1-2 (NLT)
I charge you to preach with power and anointing, I charge you to encourage those who God has put under your charge.
Be blessed in this new year!