It’s been an unspeakable privilege to be able to preach from time to time during my internship in England. I’ve preached over half a dozen sermons now and each of them have brought me to my knees physically and spiritually. Nothing has ever made me feel less sufficient than the awesome privilege of preaching. To act as a herald, a messenger, of THE good news is a humbling and weighty task, and the challenge of handling the Word of God rightly is as difficult as it is necessary.
But what has struck me as I’ve prepared to preach more recently is the undeniable privilege that it is to preach. Good preaching requires a level of study, a depth of meditation, and a reserve of conviction that is unparalleled by any other form of teaching I’ve experienced. We know that preaching is powerful, but what I’ve come to realize is the power which preaching wields in the heart of the preacher. More often than not I find myself thinking that if nothing else, I have found myself broken and blessed by the process of preparing, and if God chooses to use that preparation to bless others then so much the better!
I just wanted to post these few thoughts about preaching as my time in England is quickly drawing to a close. I have a mere 50 days left on this side of the pond, and it’s been a wonderful experience. There is no doubt in my mind though that England will always have a place in my heart because it was here on this island that I cut my teeth as a preacher.
For those of you who have asked, the last two sermons I’ve preached are now available if you’d like to listen to them. These are the last sermons I’ll preach for my internship in England. The first was a sermon I preached on Monday at the Yorkshire Reformed Minister’s Fraternal up in Leeds. It was on Psalm 85 and was entitled “Will You Not Revive Us Again?” The second sermon was preached last Sunday evening at Sheffield Presbyterian Church on Mark 10:46-52 and was entitled “Take Heart, He is Calling You”