I was just writing a mini-article in response to a request. As I was writing it, I came across an article I wrote earlier this year. I’ve linked to it previously, but here it is if you didn’t see it back then – click here. Let me just quote a paragraph:
We must preach as those genuinely captivated by the love of God in the Word of God. We must preach contagiously as those who enjoy delightful engagement with this God. Our listeners will subconsciously mimic our leadership in their own “spirituality”–the question is; what kind of spirituality will they mimic? Will theirs be an intellect-only spirituality? Or will it be a purely pragmatic, self-concerned spirituality? Will it be a pseudo-spiritual flight of fancy unearthed in the truth of God’s revelation in His Word? Or will it perhaps be relational, Word-based, heart-level, real?
It is a scary thought, but an important one. Listeners do more than listen. They also mimic. They copy. Not least, they will be influenced by the spirituality they perceive in the preacher. In light of that, it is hopefully not too hard to spot how they might end up with an intellect-only spirituality, or a purely pragmatic spirituality, etc. The problem comes when we start thinking through how to shift their perception of spirituality based on our messages and how we live our lives with them.
Wouldn’t it be great if they could copy a relational, Word-based, heart-level, real spirituality?