How to Help the Preacher Preach by J. Gerald Harris

How to Help the Preacher Preach
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
James 1:19-25

This evening I want to speak on the subject "How to Help the Preacher Preach." I have never professed to be a great preacher, but I do believe that you can help me to become a better preacher of the word of God.

I don't want to be like the new preacher who had been in town for about six months, and two neighbors were talking about him one day. And one said, "Yes, our preacher has a real problem. He suffers from foot and mouth disease."

The neighbor said, "Well, what does that mean?"

The woman said, "Foot and mouth disease--he won't visit and he can't preach."

Now, I really don't want that to be said of me. I want to be a better preacher I believe that you can help me to become a better preacher. Someone has wisely said, "Great preachers don't always produce
great churches, but great churches always produce great preachers." ''

I mean, you want to get the most out of these messages. You want to get the most out of these worship services. I mean, anyone wants to get ten
cents out of every dime. You want to get every possible mile out of a gallon of gasoline. You want to squeeze every minute possible out of life. You want to get the most for your visit to the theater. You want to get the most for your visit to the opera. You want to get the most out of your visit when you go over there to see the Falcons, the Yellow Jackets
or the Bulldogs play. You want to get the most out of your visit to the concert. How much more you should want to get the most out of the worship
experience and the message proclaimed from the pulpit in the house of God?

James, in out text, offers some very significant suggestions concerning how you can help the preacher to preach; concerning how you many profit supremely from the proclamation of the word of God.

I. Notice What You're To Do Before The Sermon

James gives us some very helpful information concerning what we're to do before the sermon; b ...


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