The Preacher’s Manifesto

I am a preacher. I am a messenger of the most high God – an ambassador of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).

I am a herald of the greatest story ever told, and the best news ever received (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

I am a sinner, saved by grace—not through my works, but through Christ’s work in me (Ephesians 2:8-9).

I am equipped with everything I need for the calling God has for my life (Ephesians 2:10).

I will preach the Gospel without shame (Romans 1:16).

I will not settle for moralistic, therapeutic, feel-good, prosperity preaching (2 Timothy 4:2-3).

I will preach the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth of God’s Word (Titus 2:1).

I will use the Bible as the firm foundation for all my messages (2 Timothy 2:15).

I will read the Bible more than best-sellers (Psalm 1). I will study academically, but speak plainly for all to understand (Acts 15:19).

I will work to please God, not man (Galatians 1:10).

I will seek to be faithful, not famous (1 Samuel 12:24).

I will glorify God, not myself (1 Corinthians 10:31).

I will build up God’s kingdom and His Church, not my own (Matthew 6:33).

I will live with the highest integrity—a life above reproach—so the Church won’t get another black eye (1 Timothy 3:1-7).

I will practice what I preach (Matthew 23:3).

I will boast in my weakness, not my strength (2 Corinthians 12:9).

I will live in Biblical community, not isolation (Hebrews 10:24-25).

I will know and love my neighbors, not just my church members (Leviticus 19:18).

I will live, eat, and drink with sinners—like Jesus did—because it is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick (Matthew 9:11-13).

I will prioritize the needs of my wife, sacrificing myself for her, so that ministry doesn’t
become my mistress (Ephesians 5:25).

I will spend quality time with my children, so they will grow to love the church, not hating it for taking their daddy (Ephesians 6:4).

I will honor the Sabbath and rest, knowing God is in control (Exodus 31:12-13).

I will circle my preaching in prayer, giving my anxiety to God (Philippians 4:6-7).

I will listen before I speak (James 1:19).

I will become all things to all people so that I might win as many as possible (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).

I seek to serve, not to be served (Romans 12:3).

I will give before I receive, because I will reap what I sow (Galatians 6:7).

I will truly love people, not just pretend to love them (Romans 12:9-10).

I will preach with all I’ve got, holding nothing back (Jeremiah 20:9).

I will not back down, shut up, or shy away from speaking the truth (Acts 5:40-42).

I will preach hard truth with love (Ephesians 4:15).

I will hold firm to sound doctrine, no matter how unpopular it may be (Titus 1:9).

I will not waver in my faith in a big God who accomplishes big things through those who dare to act upon God-sized dreams (Ephesians 3:20).

I will not allow temptation and the Devil to gain a hold on me (James 4:7).

I will be a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).

I will fight the good fight, keep the faith, and finish the race (2 Timothy 4:7).

I am a preacher. And, Lord willing, in the end, I will hear those words I so desperately long to hear: “Well done good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).

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