Senior Sermon

As I prepare the four seniors in my youth minister to preach I remember my senior sermon. What a piece of crap that was. I know somewhere in the depths of my parent’s basement there is a video tape of it. I truly never want to see that tape ever!

Now that I am doing this professionally I look back at that sermon and realize how horrible it was. I got lots of comments from the congregation that they enjoyed it but it was a traditional youth sermon, centered on how good I was and not much on God. Only by the grace of God have I grown a little in these past 12 years though.

I have tried to focus these youth on the fact that these sermons are suppose to point towards God and to use yourself as an example only when necessary. God should always come out on top though. I think this a rule of thumb for all preachers.

The most powerful thing about preaching though is the way God can use it. Even during crappy sermons, when in the middle I, the preacher, am bored, God still uses me to speak to others. It is truly a humbling experience and as these seniors begin to take their place on tomorrow and proclaim the Word of God, I hope the realize how humbling and powerful this experience can be.

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Youth Preachers

The four seniors of my youth group will be preaching this week during Youth Sunday. As I have been reading what they will be saying I have been inspired. They have done a wonderful job crafting a message that will inspire and give God credit. Too often I have seen youth preach about themselves and focus on them instead of God. But these four have done a good job not falling into that trap. Please be praying for these youth as the week progresses and they profess the word of God to the congregation this Sunday.