1 Corinthians 2:2
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Many preachers preach many other things except the most important thing – Jesus Christ crucified. Paul was a learned man, and could have impressed the congregation but he decided not to.
Excellent sermons do not change lives. People will glorify the speaker’s greatness rather than God’s greatness. It is a travesty when people can quote from their favourite speakers but not the Word of God.
Only Jesus Christ changes lives. Our goal is not make people feel good or even make them become a better person. Our goal is to glorify Christ and not ourselves.
Our message must be this: Jesus Christ was crucified for your sins.
1 Corinthians 9:16
For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
Paul cursed (woe to me) himself if ever he neglected to preach the gospel. I believe many speakers and preachers are already under a curse and drained of their effectiveness because they do not preach about Jesus Christ crucified.
Preaching Jesus Christ crucified is the only divine message that can change lives. If only pastors, teachers and preachers understood Paul’s motto, our churches wouldn’t be so empty or spiritually superficial. Keep Christ in the center of your messages and lives will be changed.