There are some great preachers out there who can deliver the Word of God like few others. They hold the audience in their hand and speak words that hit right at the soul. Most of the time, these preachers have large followings. Many pastors are just as gifted, but their preaching is anointed because it is a demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit. Preaching with power isn’t about personality or persuasive words but through the power of the Spirit.
“and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,”
No Polished Speaker
Paul wasn’t the most captivating speaker. In Corinth, they would go to theaters to hear the best orators ply their trade. They used humor and wit to captivate the audience. This was the entrainment of choice during that time. When Paul came along, he wasn’t the polished speaker the Corinthians were used to, so they ridiculed him. Paul answered that he wasn’t persuasive, but he preached in the power of the Spirit. Paul didn’t entertain people, but their lives were changed.
Instead of seeking out the slick preacher who wows you with his language, look for one who teaches the Word of God with power, and the Holy Spirit gets ahold of your heart. Ask yourself, “Do you walk out convicted of your sin?” “Do you want to grow closer to Jesus?” If you can’t answer yes to these two questions, then the preaching isn’t in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thought-provoking messages that make you laugh may keep you awake, but the Spirit might not be at work.
Preaching with Power
Preaching with power is done through different styles. The pastor could raise his voice or speak in a monotone voice. It’s not about the speaker, but about the Word, he is teaching and the Spirit being free to minister to hearts. Paul changed the world, not because of his charisma, but because he operated in the power of the Holy Spirit.