Sunday, May 25, 2008
After Sermon Thoughts
It's late Sunday evening, and I'm about to follow my wife to bed and call it a day. It's been a full one. But like most of the people called "preacher-creatures" by my friend Ian Anderson, I keep thinking about this morning's sermon and wondering - did I do it? Did I give them what God wanted them to hear? If I did, did I do it well? Who heard it? Who responded to it, even though I may not know?
It's funny, because today I was preaching out of Acts and one of the parts I touched on was Peter's first sermon.
3000 people - hostile people - the people who put Jesus to death - get SAVED!
It's your first sermon. You're not a preacher, you're a fisherman. But it happens.
Can you imagine what Peter thought? "That went better than I expected."
I can so see him turning around and asking the other guys...
"Is it going to be this way every time?"
One of the things you learn to do - if you're willing and capable of learning from what you do - good or bad - is to analyze your part in the process, make sure you did the best you can do, change if you didn't, and leave the rest to God.
There's no way Peter was able to do what God did through him that day. God can use anyone, anytime.
And fellow preacher-creatures, regardless of how you did today, God can use it.
So let him.
Now, about next week's sermon. :)