- 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NKJV) I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince…
One of the most vital goals of a preacher or teacher is to convince people of something. At best, this is a daunting task—even Jesus didn’t convince everyone that He was the Messiah and divine Son of God.
However, I know this; if you are not convinced you will never convince others. Over the years there have been issues that I had doubts and questions about. I could quote the “party line” and give lip service to the truth of those issues but my preaching and leadership had no authority and passion in those areas.
That’s OK in some areas. The church of Jesus Christ has had the tendency to major on minors and to make mountains out of mole hills throughout its existence. However, there are some areas that are too important for you to limp along stating the party line and giving lip service to what you’re expected to say. There comes a time that you have to become convinced in your own mind.
What I’m saying is that you’ve got to do the homework; you have to serve the Lord your God with all our mind and tackle those troubling subjects that you’ve been waffling over and finally come down on one side or the other of the issue and make your position clear. There is no way to preach or teach with authority if you do not do this.
As a plan of action:
- Make a short list of those issues that you know in your heart you need to tackle.
- Prioritize them and then start with number one and stay with it until you’ve resolved the issue in your mind.
- Read and study widely on the subject–and not just within your own denomination or theological camp. Until you can give a solid answer to those whom you disagree with you will not be truly convinced. Furthermore, be open to people with different opinions–they may be right or at least partly right.
- Seek wise counsel from seasoned Bible scholars.
- Seek and obtain the peace and approval of the Holy Spirit.
- Clearly write out your stand on the matter.
Also remember this, just because you’re convinced about an issue doesn’t mean you have to go on a campaign to convince the world that you are right and everyone who disagrees with you is wrong. But what being convinced will do is give you inner peace and outward boldness in declaring the message God has given you to preach or teach; and that is the kind of preaching and teaching that brings results.