The title today is surely misleading. A few weeks ago I asked “What font do you preach in?” and received comments with suggestions on the best font to use for powerpoint. Oops, it is a good idea to read the post before sharing your timely tips! Nevertheless, I leave today’s title as it is.
I’m going to keep this post short. Again, it is prompted by one of the last chapters in Explosive Preaching. It is prompted by the importance of preaching out of fellowship with God. In the book a fantastic conversation is recounted, a conversation between the author and a Chinese pastor kept in solitary confinement for many years. So much to benefit from that brief conversation – the notion of simplifying life (building a cell), in order to enjoy fellowship with God (the cell becomes a garden, and God becomes a friend). But here’s the simple quote I want to share, a quote that may touch a nerve for many of us:
Fellowship pace is a lot slower than service pace.
Have we allowed ourselves to grow accustomed to “service pace” – cantering along and expecting God to jog along next to us? Perhaps we need to make the necessary moves in order to free up the space and slow down to “fellowship pace.” God walked in the garden with Adam, I suspect many of us are subconsciously wondering why He doesn’t jog in the busy city with us. Pace and preaching. Important to get this one figured out.