YOUR APPROACH MATTERS

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“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation…”
2 Corinthians 5:18 KJV

Yesterday, we were reminded of our responsibility to preach the gospel without any embellishments. Today, we will be looking at the right approach towards preaching the gospel. Your approach matters.

Inasmuch as our approach is not the message, it is however key and we must pay attention to it. Many times, people tend to pay attention (or not pay attention) to the message simply because of our mannerism.

By the seriousness of our approach, they will believe in the seriousness of our message. We should not be like those who know the message but are nonchalant about its presentation.

Mannerism refers to your attitude towards the preaching of the message. It is concerned with how you prepare yourself, your physical appearance, your presentation of the message, your relation with your audience before, during and after preaching, etc.

Do you pray for yourself and the people you want to preach to before heading out? Do you study the message over again? Do you dress in a way that piques the interest of your audience? Do you consciously walk in the supernatural when preaching? Do you follow up after preaching?

Prepare by praying and studying the message. Study the message again and be prepared to answer questions. Pray for yourself that you have boldness, that your words are backed up with power. Pray that people are receptive and the word is glorified in them (Eph 1:16-20, 6:19-20, 1 Cor 2:4-5, 2 Thess 3:1).

Dress appropriately. You don’t want to appear in a way that makes no one want to listen to you.

Be kind. Don’t be that person who suddenly becomes nice only when it’s time to preach. Imagine being led to preach to someone you once were unkind to, it will be difficult. Let your communication always be full of grace, whether or not you are looking to preach (Ephesians 4:29).

Consciously flow in the supernatural! You have the ability to do so (Mark 16:17-18). Be ready to receive a word for them, do miracles and don’t hold back.

Finally, follow up. As much as possible, try to follow up, especially on those who got saved. Ensure to continue with them for their progress and joy in the faith. (Philippians 1:25)

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 23:26-31, Hebrews 9:11-28, Proverbs 26:1-16, Isaiah 42-43

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