3. They’re saying the same things as the rest of us, they’re just saying it better. Much of what makes their sermons stand out isn’t necessarily the content. They’re preaching from the same Scriptures the rest of us are. For most of them, it’s their wordsmithing and dedication to communicating timeless truths in memorable statements that help those sermons imprint on your mind. It’s the one big idea, the one central statement that gets left in your cranium long after the rest of the message is forgotten.
4. The silent assumption that larger churches must be watering down the gospel somehow is based on jealousy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from smaller church preachers that the larger church down the road must be watering down the gospel somehow, as if the gospel somehow is inherently repulsive to a world lost in its sin. That assumption is usually borne out of petty jealousy. The content and theology that the vast majority of these preachers are putting out are rich. That’s why over 500,000 people listen to them every week.
5. They’re learning their great ideas from other churches. So should we. This idea that somehow I can’t use an idea if it’s from another pastor, that I have to create all of my own original content from Scripture, is archaic and springs from pride. All of the greatest churches are constantly learning best practices from each other and making them their own. So should the rest of us. We’re all on the same team here. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel every week. Learn from other preachers. Become a better preacher yourself.
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