My post last Sunday concerned preaching like it is your first message and your last. I meant something specific under both of these points, and was not referring to the negative elements of each. In reality your last sermon might be foggy with deteriorated thinking faculties, bitter with built up hurts, disconnected through losing touch, etc. Your first sermon might have been messy through lack of training, stumbling through excessive nerves, etc. But one of the comments on last Sunday’s post makes a very worthy point.
Most of us, in our first sermon, tried to say too much. We tried to cram in all we knew on that subject. We tried to miss nothing, preached dense and probably missed everyone listening. Keep that in mind today. Don’t try and say so much that you end up effectively saying nothing. Don’t feel the need to prove how many hours of exegetical work you put in, or what exegetical bunny trails you pursued to no avail. Say one thing, and say it well. Say it clear. Say it more than once. But don’t say too much!