We speak with passion. We want to inspire our audience to grow.
We want the church to be the hope of the world, but we aren’t giving them a fair chance.
It's easy to just go to church, to just enjoy the exercise. But if we want our people do more than just go to church we have to give them the tools to be the church.
For example, you can't just tell people to read their Bible. Sure, that tells them what they need to do, but it’s not enough.
You can't just tell people to read their Bible and then why it’s important to do so. Sure, you will have told them what they need to do, and you will have convincingly persuaded them to understand the value that it can bring to their life, but that's still not enough.
That’s telling, it isn’t teaching.
My dentist can tell me I need to floss, he can even show me what happens if I don’t floss, but if he didn’t teach me how to floss he wouldn’t really be helping.
In order for us to completely equip our people to be the church, we have to first to tell them what scripture is instructing them to do. Then we’ve got to sell them on why it’s important. But what’s most crucial is that we also tell them how to do it. We need to give them the skills necessary to implement it.
So, before you finish writing your next sermon, ask of it these three questions:
- What am I asking them to do?
- Why should they do it?
- What skills do I need to teach them, to equip them to achieve it?
If the church is going to be the hope of the world, we’ve got to give them the tools and the skills to be the church.