The first sermon is the one that makes me cringe because I hear from God’s word something I haven’t been doing. It’s the kind that makes me feel awful and disappointed in myself. It’s the kind that makes my shoulders sag and leaves me quiet and wondering what I can do to live in a manner that’s more worthy of what Christ has done for me.
The second kind of sermon is the one that has me shaking my head up and down, saying, “That’s right, Preacher!” It’s the kind where I hear from God’s word, and I do a little inward celebrating because I know I’ve been doing exactly what I should be doing. The kind of sermon that makes me smile because I know I’ve pleased God.
I like the second kind better.