Phoce (known to him Mum as David Wynd) is a Methodist Minister and graffiti artist. Nice mix. When Phoce is not in the pulpit, he can be found working with a charity combining football and mentoring, looking at ways of making preaching/church more creative, blogging for Artists for Christ (set up by James Brooks) and messing around with stencil art and free art.
What’s so good about Sundays?
Sunday is a good day.
Why is it a good day? It’s good because I get to do something I am passionate about week in week out and added to that it’s something God has called me to. This ‘thing’ I do on a Sunday is preach and I have been doing it for a number of years now and I want to share some thoughts on it here.
Preaching for me is about brining God’s word for people’s hearts and not their heads. If you’re trying to get people to understand something; then in my book that’s teaching. Preaching is about speaking to people so they feel something and leave church changed, it’s about transformation not education.
When I preach I want to be able to tell those gathered something about the wonder of God, about the good news of Jesus and I want them to hear… feel in their heart and soul God’s spirit speaking to them. That is the vital part of preaching God’s active Spirit speaking into people’s lives through the words I bring, without that I have nothing.
For me a ‘sermon’ has to change something otherwise I can’t see the point in it, it has to challenge people about there actions or attitudes or encourage them in a decision they have taken or to take a step of faith. I love it when people come to me after a service and tell me what they have got out of it (or that they didn’t like anything I said) because I can see how God has used it to speak to people where they are and how they have been challenged or encouraged.
The last thing I want to say on preaching is that if you do it or feel a call to do it then you need to know it isn’t plain sailing. There are times before I speak that the only thing I want to do is hide, sometimes you feel inadequate (which is a good place to be) and sometimes you think what you have to say is to hard. All you can do, and all I do week in week out is trust to God the things I am going to share and ask that he does the rest.