3 Things Not to Do After You Preach

Dave Harvey | October 5, 2015


The conclusion of a sermon is a dangerous moment for the preacher. He has just spent 30 to 45 minutes in an expository deluge, dumping his study and zeal upon his congregation. The 10 to 20 hours of sermon preparation are now ancient history, and he’s climbed in his car for the drive home. Most likely he is exhausted—emotionally, spiritually, and physically. If you’re called to preach, you leave it all in the pulpit. 

I’ve been there. And over the last 30 years, I’ve learned some valuable lessons about what I should and shouldn’t do following a sermon. Here are are three key lessons:

1. Don’t let down your guard.

Preaching picks a fight with the enemy each week. “It pleased God through the folly of what we preach,” Paul observed, “to save those who believe” (1 Cor. 1:21). This means sinners are snatched from “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2). God uses preaching as a means to change people—to spring them from the enemy’s dominion.

Satan has an opinion about gospel preaching: it must be stopped. Don’t be naïve in assuming the delivery of the message means your removal from his crosshairs. Message…


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