Pastor, You Don’t Feel Like Preaching Tomorrow? Join the Club


How can you preach when you don’t feel like preaching? This is a very interesting question. Let me, first of all, say that you don’t have to preach every week. In the vast majority of churches, there is at least one other person who could preach. If you allowed someone else into the pulpit God has entrusted to you, it would do a lot towards rejuvenating your energies. You can even train your associates in this very important preaching ministry. I am not saying that you should allow people in the pulpit who are not ready or who don’t know what to do, but perhaps you can begin training them.

In addition, there are literally scores of preachers in every city who would love to preach for you. Talk to other ministers about their new hot-shot associate or about the elderly retired minister who is in their congregation. Often there are people out there who would just love to preach for you.

Preach On!

But I don’t want to sidestep the question. How do you preach when you don’t feel like it? In short, the answer is to just preach. Preach on in your pain. Preach on through your pain. Often your pain can open up avenues in the Scripture you would not be able to see if you were feeling fine. Andrae Crouch sang, “If I didn’t have a problem, I wouldn’t know that God could solve them…” In addition, if the prophet Habakkuk didn’t get mad at God, we wouldn’t have the book of Habakkuk. So just like Habakkuk wrote on and just like Andre sang on, I would encourage you to PREACH ON.

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Source: Sermon Central

Sherman Haywood Cox II is the director of Soul Preaching. He holds the M.Div with an emphasis in Homiletics and a M.S. in Computer Science.

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