Sunday at MCC, we started new series called Acts. It’s a look at the book of Acts (brilliant title for a series, don’t you think?) A friend e-mailed me today. She writes, I thought today as I was sitting several rows behind you, that your body language seemed very stressed even from the back.
My response: “Heck yes!” I am usually wound pretty tight when it comes time for the sermon. Why?
1. This is serious business. I still look around and wonder why they allow the bald guy to speak about God every week. People listen as I represent the one who created us. I seriously don’t want to mess that up. I don’t want to mislead people or misrepresent Christ. That is a heavy thing. Extremely heavy.
2. People give me their time; and that is a precious gift. Each week a ton of people stop and listen to what I have to say (which causes even more anxiety – see #1 above). If you are going to give me 35-40 minutes of your week, I better have something good and accurate to say.
3. Boring people with the Bible should be outlawed. A boring presentation of the greatest story in the world is my nightmare.
4. I value you. I want you to know Christ better. I want you to give your life to something bigger than yourself. I want you to become the person God dreams you to be. I want to make sure that you hear the message crystal clear without me getting in the middle of it.
There is much at stake, and it makes me nervous; and I think that is OK. When I am so comfortable that I can walk up and teach totally calm with the thought that I know everything, well, you need to make for the exits.
That being said, I am excited (and nervous) about our Acts series. God has been revealing some great things to us through his word. For Sunday, read Acts 2 and come and listen to what God has to say to you. I’ll do my best not to look a bit uptight; but I can’t make any promises!