You knocked it out of the park, pastor! You’ve heard it. I’ve heard it. But I wonder how many of our sermons have stuck with our people past Sunday afternoon. It’s one thing to preach a message that resonates with people in the moment, but it’s another thing to preach a message that sticks with people well past Sunday and into the following week. But is there really a recipe of sermons that stick past Sunday? I think so.
Just imagine for a moment the stories that could be told from people in your church if they took action on Monday because of what they experienced on Sunday. Think about the story of the skeptic who is attending your church with their spouse who, week after week, are having their skepticism chipped away at because your sermons weren’t forgettable – they were memorable.
What would it look like if the community your church is embedded in encountered church people being the Church on Thursday and not just Sunday? It would be a beautiful thing.
To be sure, I’m not at all discounting God’s work in the process. Not at all. We have our part to do and we should do it as well as we possibly can. But in the end, it’s completely up to God what He does with our hard work and intentionality.