I think the biggest compliments I receive are when jr high or high school students say that they enjoy my preaching. And because I know I'm not a funny communicator or amazing story teller, I know that it likely is content and style of communication that they enjoy and captures their attention. I've often said that I have two targets in my preaching:
- A person who trusted Christ on Thursday. Everything I say on Sunday should make sense to him. They have the Spirit of Christ in them and all things are now new.
- An 8th grade boy who grew up in church. They expect to be bored in church. My job is to not let that happen.
If I can capture the attention of those two people – I am hitting my target.
To do that – I focus on this one thing… Study rigorously and deeply so I can preach clearly and simply.
On second thought… teens who enjoy my preaching are not my biggest compliment. More specifically, when my daughters express their enjoyment of my preaching – those are compliments I will hang onto forever.