The call to proclaim God's Word is a weighty and thrilling stewardship. No preacher has everything figured out—especially those entering the pulpit for the first time. In this new video, Tullian Tchividjian, Voddie Baucham, and Russell Moore discuss common blunders new preachers make.
"In my early days," Tchividjian recalls, "I was preaching to impress my seminary professors—who, of course, weren't even there." It's vital to preach from the voices that have shaped you rather than to them. "You're not compromising when you communicate in average language to average people," he says. "The challenge is always to comprehend high but communicate low."
Likewise, Baucham had to learn the counterintuitive lesson that preaching is about feeding, not performing. "I had to come to grips with the fact that I'm not auditioning for something," he says. And for the preacher, there's no freedom like that found when the idol of preaching-as-performance is exposed and smashed.
"Almost everybody is a bad preacher at first," Moore observes. And that's okay. He recalls one reason criticism stung so much at first: he failed to take a long-term view. Moreover, he warns, don't "equate being boring with being faithful." Not only is such a mentality foolish, it also broadcasts a lie about our Savior who is anything but boring.
Watch the full video to learn more about the necessity of patience and repetition in faithfully preaching week after week.
Mistakes Young Preachers Make from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.
Matt Smethurst serves as associate editor for The Gospel Coalition. He and his wife, Maghan, have two children and live in Louisville, Kentucky, where they belong to Third Avenue Baptist Church. You can follow him on Twitter.