1 reason why your Pastor changes his sermon.

October 22, 2012

Post by Michael Glover

How often do we change our pastors’ sermon on Sunday?

How many times on a Sunday morning has, our pastor stepped up to the pulpit and said, “I had planned on preaching something else, but I feel a change in direction?”

Then our pastor begins preaching, not to the visitor on the back row who has never heard the new birth plan of salvation before, but to us, the saints who have been members of the congregation for years.

Isn’t it powerful to know that our pastors are attentive to the will of God?

“What an awesome service, Pastor preached on the rebellion of Korah and just preached the house down!”

“Wow! Pastor changed his message and just tore up the story of Ai and Achen!”

Meanwhile the visitors coming for their first time, hungry and in need of salvation, leave hungry and in need of salvation.

“I guess it wasn’t the will of God for our pastor to preach to the visitors. Pastor mentioned he planned to preach from Acts 2:38, but obviously he wasn’t in tune with God until service started. Why else would he change his message?

What causes our pastor to change their sermon on Sunday?

Is there precedence in the Bible to support our pastor doing this?

Unfortunately, yes.

In Exodus 24:12 (amp) God tells Moses to, “Come up to Me into the mountain and be there, and I will give you tables of stone, with the law and the commandments which I have written that you may teach them.”

Don’t just get there – BE there

Aren’t you thankful for a pastor who will not only follow God up the mountain, but will “be there”! There is something powerful about a man of God who will “be there”.

There is a big difference between going up on the mountain and experiencing the cloud of His Glory, and actually “being there”.

You see Peter, James and John experienced the Glory of almighty God on Mt. Transfiguration. God spoke to them out of the Cloud (Made of light, isn’t that a paradox?), but there was a difference between their Word and the “be there” Word Moses received.

The Word Peter, James and John received was for them only, in fact Jesus told them to not even tell the other disciples about it.

The “be there” Word Moses received was for the nation of Israel!

Thank God, for a pastor who doesn’t follow God up the mountain to receive a Word for himself only. But is willing to “be there” for his saints!

Moses communes up on the mountain for 40 days and nights, neither eating nor drinking anything the entire time. (Another “be there” sacrifice our pastor’s making in order to get a Word from God for us.)

During this time, God gives Moses, to the minutest detail, everything the nation of Israel needs to do in order to inherit the promise land Moses had preached about the Sunday before. (Exodus 23:20-31)

I feel a change of direction

God finishes giving Moses His “be there” message, and just as Moses starts walking into service, Sunday morning, he begins to feel like God is changing his message. Moses holds on to his “be there” Word, because it’s powerful. It takes all the guesswork out of what his congregation must and must not do in order to obtain the promise he had preached about last Sunday.

I mean last Sunday his church was so united they spoke with “one voice”! (Exodus 24:3) That’s the challenge pastor’s still face; unifying their churches. Moses finally had his church to that point.

When a church becomes unified, God’s power is untied. (Here is a little phonetic play on words I came up with on unity. “I un ty”) ground shaking, I know.

So Moses fights back what he’s feeling, because he has a “be there” Word for his church. He heard directly from God, he has fasted and communed with God in order to get a “be there” message for them, and he is determined to deliver it to them.

However when he walks into church, his message changes from a step-by-step guide (new birth) to inheriting the promised land (heaven), to one of judgment.

Note to self:

When my pastor changes his message Sunday mornings, it might be what he sees, hears and feels when he comes in to church.

What caused him to change his message? His church was worshipping a calf made out of gold. The exact thing he had preached against doing last Sunday. (Exodus 23:20-31) The same service his congregation told him, “with one voice, All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” (Exodus 24:3 AMP)

How often do we change our pastors’ sermon on Sunday?

How often do we tell our pastor, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” And by the time next Sunday rolls around, we’ve pulled a complete 180 in the wrong direction. Now instead of our pastor preaching the message of salvation to the visitor on the back row, he has to rebuke us and preach judgment.

How often do we change our pastors’ sermon on Sunday?

Church services were designed to reach a lost and dying world, not to bottle feed milk to saints who should be eating solid food. (Hebrews 5:12-13)

Let’s agree with “one voice” that we will not change the “be there” Word from our pastor this upcoming Sunday.