I’m not sure what King George had to do with it, but we all have those sure-fire, can’t miss sermons that are certain to put us in the best possible light.
We want to put our best foot forward, but we do not want to make such a good impression that we are never able to live up to it in the future.
I remember hearing an older pastor years ago saying that we should avoid preaching our “Royal George Sermon” when for a church.
No matter what we say, people are thinking about our delivery, more than about the message.
They are watching us closely, making decisions about what they are hearing.
Their judgment has more to do with whether they would want to listen to us on a weekly basis than it has to do with their own response to the message that we came to bring. We can’t really change it, though we’re best not to dwell on this reality obsessively.
The best thing we could do is the same thing that we ought to do whenever we stand to preach.
“Remember,” Gibson counsels, “you are not trying to preach your “barn burner” sermon.
A candidating sermon is not the sole measure of your preaching ability.
We turn people’s focus to the Word of God and seek to help them to hear his voice.
The prospective pastor walked to the pulpit, took the measure of the congregation, and began.
In her sermon, she recalls Acts 16 and the story about the demon-possessed slave girl who prophesied.