Start with the Scripture.
As a shepherd (one of the Biblical metaphors for a pastor), your job is to feed and protect the sheep. Teaching people the Bible is both feeding AND protecting. David Larsen says that the preacher is not a salesman or a showman, but a spokesman. When you stand to preach, you're not sharing opinions or statements, you're teaching the Gospel to people who desperately need to hear it.
So we don't build sermons off cool graphics - we build sermons based on the Bible. We don't search the Scripture for a verse to back up an opening song - we start with God's Word and let everything else support God's message.
I thought, as another 'series' for this blog, we could walk through a chunk of scripture together. I could share some of the things that stand out to me, and you could share your insights and comments as well. I'll post whatever speaks to me about the scripture and will do my best to relate it to Missions. Together, we can start with the Scripture and see where it leads us. So, to get going, I'd like to hear from you...
What Book of the Bible would you like to take a look at for this blog series?
(click 'comments' below to answer)