How to Give Powerful Messages
Perhaps one of the most tempting traps for a teacher, preacher, or writer is to feel consumed by the importance of a message. Why? Because our passion often fills us with (what we think) is a holy indignation.
First, we must remember that, unlike you, your listener or reader has not spent several hours getting worked up about your topic. So start slow. Bring them along. Help them to feel what you feel before you drop the hammer.
Second, don’t drop the hammer. “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). No doubt Christ was sickened by the depravity he saw in people. However, the Bible says his attitude reflected pity: “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). Bring grace to the ears of your listeners, not condemnation.
How is it that we can get so worked up that we give a message that runs counter to the gospel of grace? There are two perspectives for giving a message—one correct and one dangerous.
Perspective 1: I have a message
Perspective 2: The Holy Spirit has a message
Any man who thinks he has a message puts himself in danger of speaking out of his own best thinking. Personally, I have nothing new to say. I don’t have any unique insights. Anything I say that sounds like truth necessarily comes from the Spirit of truth.
In other words, it’s not that I have a message and I’m asking the Holy Spirit to help me get it out. Rather, it’s that the Holy Spirit has a message and he must break through the husk of my fleshly nature to get it out.
Grasp this no-so-subtle difference, and your messages will crackle with power.
Together in the Battle for Men’s Souls,