Archive for January 15th, 2023

This Sunday at Church: Pray for your church’s future guest speakers

Our little congregation is blessed with a few elders who all preach (giving our Pastor Scott a Sunday off each month.) Our church tends to get guest music leaders!

I happen to be the guest preacher for a couple other smaller churches every so often, one of which we sent one of our elders to when their pastor of 35 years retired and they needed someone.

I don’t think many people realize the unique stress guest preaching can cause. The speaker can offer a one-off message (possibly even one preached before somewhere else), but the faithful preacher wants to know the hearers were blessed, that spiritual growth was offered, and that the home pastor is honored.

I was the fourth guest for our old elder after he took over that little country church. Apparently, the first three made that congregation very hesitant to have new people come in! They were either arrogant know-it-alls and/or spiritually abusive. Praise God I have been asked back seven more times already! (They even offered to have me step in to replace our guy when he needs to move on, especially as they hope to bring on a full-time pastor. He is currently paid as a missionary by our congregation.)

Of course, we also have to think about the hearers when a guest preaches. So let us pray for the guest, the congregation, and the pastor while he is gone!

Daniel

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Pray for your church’s future guest speakers. Last few years it seems its been harder to find guest speakers for my local church. There’s many reasons for that.  I think many fellow alumni from the Seminary went to are also also busier […]

This Sunday at Church: Pray for your church’s future guest speakers

VerseD: Isaiah 43:18-19

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:18‭-‬19, ESV

We are not bound to the Law of Moses with strict rules and sacrifices, for the perfect sacrifice was made. In Christ, we now seek to love God who indwells us by His Holy Spirit and helps us.