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How Worship Can Amplify Sermon Impact

May 20, 2016

It surprises me that it is not always apparent to the preacher of the Word that the musical support surrounding his proclamation can significantly amplify and punctuate the message God has given for the congregation that weekend.

For example, I recently spoke on “How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit”. But those who follow the ministry of Walk in the Word would be unable to appreciate the volume of the message’s impact without knowing how it was book-ended by these two Vertical Church Band songs, led here by Meredith Andrews.



Because this blog was created to support pastors who prepare worship services every weekend, I wanted to encourage you to think that maybe the sermon isn’t done when the sermon is “done.” Maybe the sermon isn’t done until other giftedness has been prepared to surround that proclamation with supportive worship.

Let’s keep giving our best to this important task. Preach the Word this weekend.

– James

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During the time allotted for sermon prep, pastors frequently feel a growing dissonance about a tension created by the biblical text from which they are working.

To illustrate, if I were planning to speak on abortion, I might begin to feel a growing tension as I prepare. I would sense the need to express grace to those who have had an abortion and assure them of God’s forgiveness. Does that assurance then minimize the impact of the strong warnings? Does the equivocation weaken the strong prohibition against abortion? Read More

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