John Stott wrote that a preacher is a bridge builder. That is, in the act of preaching, the preacher is seeking to build a bridge between the world of the Bible and the world of the listeners. A good biblical message will be solidly earthed in the biblical text, but it must also fully embrace the listeners in their world.
Effective communication requires that we know about those who are listening to our message. However, the preacher is not a politician, nor a salesperson. The preacher is a shepherd of souls. God invites us not only to know the listeners, but to really love them.
Here are eight nudges in that direction:
1. We love, because God first loved us. We cannot self-generate love for God or for other people. Love is a response to the love God has first poured out for us. As we fix our gaze on…
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