This past Sunday I had the privilege to preach four times! I preached at the early service at the main campus of Weymouth Community Church and then at the 10:30am service at the south campus. Then during the afternoon I preached at two local retirements homes. It was a long, exhausting day of preaching, but the Lord gave me strength to preach His Word each time. It was last year, my junior year at Piedmont Baptist College (in January new name will be Piedmont International University. You can read my thoughts about that here) when the Lord started giving me more of a heart for preaching when I had the privilege to take Homiletics and Expository Preaching with Dr. Tim White. It was in those two classes that the Lord started giving me a greater desire to preach as well as equipping me to do it well.
Two things happened last year that showed me that God really has given me a heart and gift for preaching.
First, I got to preach my senior sermon in chapel at Piedmont. All the senior guys that take Homiletics are required to do this, but for me it was the hard work, preparation, and blessing I received out of it that helped me see my desire and gifting to preach. Click here to listen to the audio of that sermon.
Second, I was honored to received the Expository Preaching award my school gives out to one student each year. It was those two things that really showed me I have a desire and gifting to preach God’s Word. Since last year I have been given the opportunities to preach many times and everyday it seems like God’s gives me a greater passion and desire to preach. Myself and others have seen that God has given me a heart and a gift to preach God’s Word.