Until today, I had never preached before. To be honest, I had avoided it out of fear of the responsibility it entailed, afraid of what people might assume were my motives. All mostly nonsense, of course. But I finally took the plunge and talked to Pastor Bob about the possibility. He seemed thrilled, and we planned on me co-teaching with him.
So I did the second point of the message today. The main sermon used Mark 12:28-34, in which Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:4-5. We covered ways that we can love God. I covered loving God with our minds.
I broke up loving God with our minds into 4 points, focusing our attention, seeking nourishment, seeking direction, and determined readiness. Each was associated with a particular verse, Philippians 4:8-9, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, James 1:5 and Ephesians 6:13-18, respectively.
I planned about 8-9 minutes. Not really sure how long I took. I was quite nervous up to the moment of preaching, but once I began, I became relaxed. All I can say is that the Spirit helped me through that. Usually, doing just a short 60 second verbal is enough to make my hands tremble. Thank you Bob, for praying with me prior, and allowing me this opportunity.
To be honest, I reached the last point and thought, “Am I here already?” It seemed to just blow by quickly. But it was filled with joy. I can’t imagine doing something much more fulfilling than this. It’s loaded with responsibility, but definitely worth it. Thank You, God, for using me to share your word. I know I missed one key thing (skipped it accidentally) that I wanted to encourage the body to do: If you’re not currently making God’s word a daily priority, begin to do so soon!
Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to share God’s word at The Mount again…