I listened to my husband preach a sermon.
This little piece of news might not amaze you, but let me share why this is significant. My husband and I have known each other since third grade. We weren’t believers in our younger years–both lost and ornery as “oh-my-goodness.”
We were friends but never dated until the Lord captured our full attention in college. I’d been raised in a Christian family, but no one agreed on theology, so I had a VERY poor opinion of church and “religion.”
For years Roy and I stayed away from church–until a persistent lady in my Bible study dragged me into a pew one Sunday morning. Two years later, my husband felt called into vocational ministry, quit teaching in public school, and attended seminary. After that, he was a pastor for fourteen years.
God has a sense of humor, doesn’t He? That’s why it’s sort of a big deal each time I hear my husband preach. We’re not your typical pastor and pastor’s wife.
In 2007, Roy left pastoral ministry to take a teaching position at Multnomah Bible College. He still prepares “lessons” each week, and the principle behind preparing for class is much the same as preparing a sermon. He must know the audience before he can communicate effectively. The Apostle Paul knew his audience in today’s devotional, and it changed the way he presented his testimony.
- Do you put much thought into your conversations before you arrive at an event or spend time with a group of people?
- Is it better to listen well or ask good questions?