I am doing some Monday morning quarterback thoughts about my sermon from yesterday. I preached on Mark 10:23-31.
About 2/3 of the way through preaching, I experienced a worry that my sermon was boring. I worked on the sermon through the week and I preached it to myself Sunday morning. Yet still it was not until preaching the sermon in front of the congregation that I realized that the sermon was not very engaging, interesting or relevant to the lives of my listeners.
I am sure I had some hesitancy even as I was preparing the sermon. I felt stuck on how to begin the sermon and found an opening illustration from a sermon by John MacArthur. I wonder if using someone else’s illustration made me struggle with my own connection to the Word.
The sermon was about how salvation is impossible for those who place their trust in the uncertainity of earthly riches but with God all things are possible.
Trust in earthly riches is bad, trust in Jesus is good. A simple contrast that I did not successfully connect with what people are going through in our community. I think it easily became a sermon listeners heard as about the other guy and not a concern for themselves.
Do other preachers have this worry while preaching? Do others worry in the middle of preaching that the sermon is a disappointment? I wonder if I should have just stopped and said, “Today this sermon is not very good, but thankfully the Holy Spirit works through the Word of God. Now we continue with the Prayer of the Church.”
By the way this is not a post filled with false humility designed to get compliments and encouragement. I know how I felt while preaching the sermon yesterday. I was disappointed. I don’t need to hear, “Pastor, it was not as bad as you imagine.”