In this series of posts I am reflecting on Bible teaching I had the privilege of sitting under last week. It was some of the most stirring and powerful ministry I have heard in a long time. I won’t name the speaker, for I suspect he wouldn’t appreciate that, but I hope my reflections on this ministry might be a stir to us. Yesterday I wrote about his masterful handling of the text … something that reveals hours, even years, of hard work.
Today I am struck by another labour intensive feature of the messages:
Brilliant and On-Target Application.
A. The speaker was sensitive to the specifics of a very mixed crowd. I heard him speak from Daniel almost twenty years ago. It was powerful then because it was targeted to a the group of young people of which I was a member. This time the messages were different. Part of that was the difference in audience. This was a mixed group with a variety of ministry roles from across the continent. Yet the messages were so pertinent to people living as a small minority in difficult anti-Christian cultures.
B. The speaker honoured the intelligence levels of those present. This was a gathering of people that included a significant number of the highly educated. The messages were not elitist at all, but the speaker was sensitive to the intelligence levels in the room. Nobody would have felt patronised, nor would anyone have felt untouched by the ministry.
C. He obviously invested significant time in preparation. The level of relevance and applicational targeting in these messages would not come from a quick scan of old notes. The speaker evidenced a real love for the listeners by the level of specificity he managed to achieve in his thoughtful applications to the audience.
Tomorrow I’ll add one more post, on the issue of the speaker’s credibility.