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5 Questions on Preaching with Bill Longanecker

Bill Longanecker is a supply preacher living in Missouri and is available for pulpit supply. Learn more about Bill at his PSP profile.

Q1: How long does it typically take you to prepare a sermon?

A:  I typically spend 20 hours in preparation for preaching a message. Sometimes more sometimes less, depending on the topic and my familiarity with it.

Q2: What do you ultimately want a sermon to accomplish?

A:  My goal is trying to accomplish what the Holy Spirit has led on my heart,and to see Him minister to his followers.

Q3: What are one or two big mistakes people often make in preaching?

A:  I think it is a mistake to do what they call landing and taking off again. In other words, to act like you are about to end the message then take off on another thought. You lose people because they think you are finished and stop listening. Stick to the text. Another mistake that is often made is to underestimate the power and need of praying over the message.

Q4: How do you handle the gospel invitation and preach toward it?

A: I give an altar call or invitation in closing. Ask folks to respond to the message by lifting of hands or coming forward.

Q5: What advice would you give to preachers doing pulpit supply? 

A:  Spend time in the Lord ‘s presence, getting a fresh word for the congregation. Be gracious to the pastor. Remember that you are a guest there, leave a blessing.