5 Questions on Preaching with Wayne Bledsoe
Learn more about Wayne at his Pulpit Supply Preachers’ profile.
Q1: How long does it typically take you to prepare a sermon?
A: For each point I try to make in a message, I plan on about an hour for each in preparation alone. (3 points=3 hours). This doesn’t include the amount of prayer and seeking I do before and after each preparation.
Q2: What do you ultimately want a sermon to accomplish?
A: I simply want to be the mouthpiece for what God is trying to say. Ultimately, it’s to assist the Holy Spirit in convicting a hearer to wither accept His salvation, or apply the principles within the message toward a more Christlike life.
Q3: What are one or two big mistakes people often make in preaching?
A: I think the biggest mistake is that we as preachers tend to give “Life Lessons” rather than “Biblical, Expository Preaching”. We do the shall and shall-nots really well, but we don’t teach and reach people with the application and acceptance of Christ-like living. Instead of telling people how they should live, we should show people how they should live through His Word.
Q4: How do you handle the gospel invitation and preach toward it?
A: The invitation is always there. I hear a lot of preachers say, “The altar is open”. When was it ever closed? It doesn’t matter to me when a sinner responds to the call, as long as they do. I think the preaching of God’s Word should be such that an announcement for invitation shouldn’t be announced, it should be implied.
Q5: What advice would you give to preachers doing pulpit supply?
A: BE PATIENT. Wait upon God. Church processes are just that – processes. Don’t take your non-ringing phone as a personal insult; God just might be preparing you to wait upon His timing. Love all the people you preach to, just as God did. That includes everyone.