Over time, listeners catch things from the preachers they hear. Its not just the content of each particular sermon, but also the personal convictions of the preacher that will mark listeners over time.
What do listeners catch from hearing you? Do they catch a conviction that God’s Word can be trusted? That it is enjoyable to read and study? That God is knowable? That God is in control? That Christianity is firmly founded on fact? That we are deeply loved? That . . .
These kinds of convictions don’t fully come through because you preach a single message on the subject. They come through and mark lives when they have already come through and marked your life. We are not mere transmitters of information. We are not neutral entities in God’s ministry that somehow hopefully will disappear in the course of our preaching. No, we are lives that continually convey the convictions and affections that have captured our hearts. Our passion forged in personal study and close walk with Christ over time will shape the convictions with which we infect others.
What convictions do we convey?