The Response of Obedience
The third portion of the morning service is the Response of Obedience. This, of course, is the time when we provide an opportunity for individuals in the congregation to respond in one way or another.
As pastors we always ask ourselves, “What is it we want our listeners to do as a result of hearing our words?” If we are unable to answer that question, then most likely the sermon is not worth preaching. One—of the glaring deficiencies of many ministers is an inability to put sermons on a practical level.
On one occasion, my wife and I took a weekend just to refresh ourselves, and had the rare opportunity to listen to someone besides a member of the Circle Church staff preach on Sunday morning. The content of the sermon was interesting because it was packed with numerous stories and illustrations. But, when the man had concluded—his topic dealt with what a minister of God should be—by force of habit I immediately analyzed his words to see if they were practical for those who heard him. I couldn’t think of any way to apply them, nor could Karen!
Once again, I was convinced of the need for disciplining oneself to determine exactly the kind of response desired. Rather than expound empty words of oratory that have no effectual relationship to a congregation, the pastor should make every effort to validate the message. The simplest way I know to do so is to ask, “What kind of response is it I want?”
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