Preachers, keep on preaching the Word. I've never enjoyed such a time as these past ten years in getting to preach.
What a burden when I began. Finding three points with fitting intro and conclu were clock-eating, time-consuming burdens. It was really a struggle for me to learn to preach. I didn't lack energy nor ambition. I lacked connectability with the audience.
Looking back, I wasn't preaching to people. I was preaching outlines. It didn't matter to me if it had a message. My one goal was to be interesting.
What changed and when did it change? Both are answered in connectability. I wasn't connecting with the audience because I was spending zero time connecting to God. Really, I'm going to tell you the way it was; when the guy got up on Sunday morning to offer the opening prayer, that was the first time my sermon had been involved in connecting to God.
Today one of the things I request most from God is, Please don't leave me up there by myself. He must participate and I expect Him to every time.
Don't preach outlines, my friends; preach life!