When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
Matthew 7:28-29 NIV
While I was in the Polytechnic, in the lecture room, we generally respected and took more interest in a lecturer who taught without lecture notes than the one who reads from his note to lecture. Infact, there was a particular lecture who would try solving a problem on the board and we corrected him in his calculations.
Fast forward to the present
As a pastor, one thing I have learnt is that your congregation/audience knows the difference between sermons. They can tell when your sermon carries power.
1. They Were Amazed – There is a perception already about you. When you prepare well, it will amaze even your critics and definitely leads to jealousy. The crowd knew this was different from the usual sermon they were accustomed to. The difference here was the Holy Spirit.
2. Be Prepared – Whatever you do, be adequately prepared. If you are attending an interview, prepare well. Read wide and develop yourself personally. Despite being the Son of God, Jesus had to learn and also prepared Himself for ministry (40 days fasting and constant prayers).
3. Dare to be Different: To make a lasting impact, you have to do things differently. Someone once said
Insanity is doing things the same way and expecting a different result
If Jesus were to follow the pattern of the teachers of the law, He wouldn’t be a problem to them. The question that readily come to mind is “How do the teachers if the law teach? ”
So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. Matthew 23:3 NIV
The Pharisees’ lives did not reflect their teaching but this made Jesus stand out
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
Acts 1:1 NIV
Jesus lived the life He taught about and the crowd knew.
Note that it is not for you to tell people the kind of life you live. People will tell you!
Finally, lean on the Holy Spirit and never use the pulpit to pour out your emotions. This is a temptation for Pastors but we must be careful not to fall for it as it can destroy all that has been built over the years. Only say what God is laying in your heart not what your emotions is telling you!
I pray that your ministry will make great impact in Jesus’ name!
Author: Oyedeji Johnson
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