Have you ever wanted to be someone else? I’m pretty sure we all have at some point. It might have been when we were young and dreamed of being our favorite super hero. It may have been recently as we wished that we could be like “that” person.
I recently attended a Pastor’s conference held for the northeastern part of the state I live in. I was excited about this conference because it was held at my alma mater, Blue Mountain College. I was also excited because I enjoy training to do ministry better.
One of the topics that was discussed was the matter of style in preaching. I believe that style is important in preaching. If you do not communicate clearly, your hearers will not get it.
I was grateful that one point was brought up in this session because I believe it is greatly needed today. The point:
“Don’t try to be someone else. Just be you.”
Wow. Pretty deep, huh? You would think that this would be a no-brainer, but it’s interesting how many David Platts, Adrian Rodgers, John Pipers, Andy Stanleys, Johnny Hunts you could hear today. Though many would be cheap imitations, there would be one solid one in there – the real person.
One of the great thing about these men and their preaching style is that it is so closely tied to who they really are. Their personality shines through the preaching. I believe one thing that made/makes them good preachers is that they are just being themselves. The Holy Spirit is able to work through a true conduit without having to reshape it from an imitation model.
Who are you trying to be?