Preach Magazine Issue 1 - Creativity and innovation in preaching - Page 38

38 FEATURE Keep Your Pre FOUR METHODS by Nicholas McDonald It’s Saturday morning. You’ve done your research – you know the passage inside and out. If I asked you about grammar or syntax, you’d have a ready answer. You know the context, have done the word studies, and prepared the main point. B ut you’re not finished. Why? Because you know, Sunday morning, you’ll be preaching to people who’ve dragged screaming children into a nursery. People who will wake up the next morning to a job they despise. People whose marriages, finances, or health are on the rocks, or worse. You need to make this passage for them. And now you’re sitting, stroking your hair, beating your pen, wondering: ‘What do I have to say to these people?’ You wait. You pray. Nothing’s coming – so, you borrow some notes from a few weeks before. Sure, they’ve heard these illustrations. Maybe you’ve repeated the application a time or two. But it’s good stuff, right? They need to hear it again. LWPT8173 - Preach Magazine - Issue 1 v3.indd 38 17/10/2014 12:54:05