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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Sermons that Feed People

I heard a great story from Bob Logan, founder of CoachNet.

He shared about a time when he was preaching at a church and after the sermon someone came up to him and said: "Your sermons don't feed me."

Bob stopped for a moment, then replied: "Thank you for having the courage to come up to me and share that. I really appreciate the bravery it takes to come up and share with me that you still need someone to spoon feed you the Scriptures after 20 years of being in church. That really takes a lot of courage to admit. If you'd like I'd be happy to help you learn to feed yourself."

Talk about holy confrontation! It's biblical (Heb. 5.12-14), it's loving and it's blunt. I love it.

It's also causing me to reorganize my thoughts about what constitutes a good sermon and how I should challenge and teach Christians.

How do you respond when someone says that the sermon doesn't feed them?


Tim Lewis said...

Tell them to open their mouth next time?

James Wood said...

Good call. How could I have forgotten that?