I recently finished up hosting a pre-conference gathering at a Missions Conference in So-Cal, hosted by Dr. David Platt and Francis Chan. I was super blessed to have a chance to interview a once-in-a-generation type leader, David Platt (Watch the FB LIVE video).
However, my most memorable time was joining a panel with SUPER SHARP church gurus sharing to a room full of influencing church leaders. We were invited to participate in a Q/A forum where we were asked a series of real-life-minsitry questions. I absolutely loved the dialogue between the 3 of us. I basically had front row seats and learn so many practical ways they served their church. At one point, I began taking notes while sitting on the panel.
Question #1: How do you prepare for Sundays?
At one point a thought provoking question was asked, “How do you prepare for Sundays?” I could have given your typical and proper answer: pray, read your bible, and pray some more. But, I wanted to be more helpful than some parrot-like response. I wanted to take the time here to share how I responded. Pretty much, this is my WEEKEND PRAYER as I’m driving to church. While football players have their locker room ritual to prep for the BIG GAME on Sunday, this is my Sunday drive-time ritual. Father, will you…
- Anoint me with the gift of PROPHECY. Now, this is where I may get lit up by my reform brothers. In short, I take the position that prophecy is the communication of Biblical truths in an eloquent, encouraging, and convicting manner. (Listen to John Piper’s brief audio response on this topic).
Before I speak, preach, or teach, I’ve already prepared ahead of time my talking points. I’ve written it down and gone over them in my head. Yet, sometimes the Spirit is leading me to say something else. No, not something WAY OUT OF LEFT FIELD where it’s not in my vocabulary. But, there may be a Bible verse, a phrase, or a story that “pops” up in my mind, just at the right time, extemporaneously. And that “phrase” will probably be the one line someone remembers that week.