I am the first person to seek advice from folks wiser and more experienced than I. And often the last to actually do what they say. Posting sermons online is one of those ideas I have been given pretty persistently and which I have neglected to pursue. I am finally relenting in my protests and posting my first internet sermon. Doubtless my next round of advice will include instructions on how to do it better! I’ll listen, I promise.
But, before I post this sermon, I want to explain why I’m hesitant and why I’m doing it anyway:
- Sermons are for the congregation and sometimes make much more sense in the context of the specific “family” to whom it is addressed. However, sermons are also proclamation of the Word, and that Word has a way of finding “family” we preachers never would have thought to address.
- What happens in Pentecostal and charismatic churches often comes across as campy, weird, or ridiculous when broadcasted. However, we also aren’t ashamed of what goes on here and think others will be ministered to.
- I never think my sermons are worth sharing – I get embarrassed to have them recorded and given away. However, part of my job is to trust that the words I speak (however poor they be) are bearers of His Word. I’m not advertising my homiletical abilities here, but the Gospel.
So here goes. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer. Amen.