Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series.
By Johnnie Godwin
Contributing Columnist, B&R
“You missed your chance!” That’s what our pastor said to our church just after he made the climactic statement of his whole message. In the world of sports, we would say he had just hit a grand slam home run. He had delivered the knockout blow! It was a hole-in-one. Response? None! The pastor exclaimed, “Amen! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!” Then he sat down on the front pew and faced the pulpit. Church was over.
I’ve lived a long time, and I’ve never seen or heard of such a thing in all my church-going life. What had the pastor expected that led him to do such a thing? I’ve been a pastor and served on both sides of the pulpit, so I’ve got an idea of what led to such a stunning conclusion of that service.
Worship is not a spectator sport — but praise to God! Pastors spend their lives preparing to preach. They pray, they plan, and they craft their Spirit-guided message the best they can. Then they come to the pulpit to plan to win for God. [Read more…]