I have shared a few of my pastor’s messages recently. For the last several weeks, they have really hit close to home and have been very convicting. It really was making me uncomfortable. As we visited with the pastor one Sunday, I told him that I was going to have to change churches. Understandably, he was a little concerned. I then told him that his sermons were convicting me and he needed to stop. Thankfully, he understands my sarcasm and understood that was a compliment. But, nonetheless, I have been convicted of so much recently.
So many “TV preachers” only preach inspirational messages.
They hardly ever open the Bible and quote Scripture. They do not call sin, sin. If they offend someone with their message, they would likely lose money, so they only preach “feel-good” sermons. We need preachers who are not afraid to offend and who are not “politically correct.” We need to be discerning of the “preachers” we watch or listen to. If your preacher’s message on sin makes you uncomfortable, God is probably convicting you about something. When a message challenges us, it is good, because we need to be convicted by God when we sin. We need our preachers to preach the Word of God. They should fear God and not man.
I am not saying that the preacher can not give an uplifting sermon. We go to church to fellowship with other believers also. I would not want go to a church that was all doom and gloom, either. The purpose of going to church is not entertainment. Do not get me wrong; we have fun at our church, but we also have a preacher who preaches the Word of God. We go to worship and learn. If you are not getting this at your church, it may be time to prayerfully seek out a new church.
Are your pastor’s sermons convicting you?
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Interestingly enough, I just attended Joel Osteen’s church. I have of course heard that he was one of these. However, I found myself worshipping and convicted there, at what is the nation’s largest church.
If God convicts you regularly, that is what is important. There is not one of us that is perfect. God shows us what we need to work on. We just need to make sure that we are in the right Church for the RIGHT reason.
I have a wonderful preacher. I’ve had the opposite experience, and I’m thankful for the one that I have now.
It can be a challenge to find the right church! I’m glad you are in a good one now.
I completely agree with you. Church to me should be learning how to live through God’s word. My pastor’s sermons are always led by a specific scripture and build upon that scripture.
Sounds like a good pastor and church! Those are getting harder to find.
If the Word isn’t convicting us, then it may be the wrong messages
None of us are perfect. We can all get something different out of the same sermon just like one verse may mean one thing to you and something totally different to me. Or, even mean something different to me on a different day. God is so good about things like that.
This! All day long this! This is one of the reasons that I started writing more. This world is getting darker and people are getting harder to shock; yet, churches are giving watered down devotionals instead of life-changing messages – which is what the Bible is!
Amen, sister! Devotionals can be good, but let’s get back to the Bible, the one and only Word of God! Read, read, read! His truth is there!
We have a wonderful church family and I am so thankful.
It’s great when you finally find a church family that fits both sides.
Absolutely. I wouldn’t attend if they didn’t. Too many times the Word is watered down. Thanks for being bold.
Yes, preachers need to PREACH the WORD.
I guess no one likes to feel convicted, but that is just what we need. I love a church that challenges and isn’t afraid of the controversial issues within our own hearts.
Churches are failing today. We must always be discerning when it comes to our churches. We cannot become complacent.