I’m watching the online conference Preach Better Sermons today and wanted to share some of the learnings I picked up. One of the speakers is Mark Driscoll. Mark is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, and is one of the world’s most downloaded and quoted pastors. He and his wife, Grace, co-authored Real Marriage, which became a #1 New York Times best seller. His audience, fans and critics alike, spans the theological and cultural left and right. He was named one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years by Preaching magazine in 2010, and his audio sermon podcast is regularly #1 on iTunes’ Religion & Spirituality chart and has been among the Top 50 of all podcasts at times.
Here are some things that jumped out from his segment:
- It’s impossible to take the Bible and not see mission.
- Being sent is everywhere in the Bible.
- God’s people are on mission to see more people become God’s people.
- People showed up at your church, they expect to hear from the Bible.
- To preach to men you have to say hard things.
- Churches have this opportunity to teach men how manage money, be married, raise kids, work hard. Nowhere else will teach them all that.
- Let God speak through your personality and who you are.
- Give yourself grace to find out who you are and grow into who you are meant to be.
- There is a difference between a flock and an audience, shows the difference between a pastor and a speaker.