A few years ago, I was in a crisis. I wanted so badly to be the communicator that no one would forget… and it worked. People remembered the props, the jokes, and the elaborate (or exaggerated) illustrations. However, a listener could not pinpoint what was taught. I cared about style more than substance, a good show rather than a great Savior!
God began to do extensive work in my life. Since then, I have committed to teaching the timeless truths of God’s Word faithfully. Here are a few steps I remember in my approach to speaking to students:
Be real: Authenticity never goes out of style and it trumps cool every day of the week. Be yourself. Communicate out of the overflow of what God has and continues to teach you. Authenticity and realness is usually the result of truth dropping from your head to your heart.
Be responsible: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Hard work and diligent study in the Word leads to accurate interpretation of the Word. Be responsible in your study and in your teaching and preaching to students.
Be relevant: The Word of God is forever relevant. Communicators should be relevant too. Know your audience. Season the meat (the Word) with some purposeful illustrations that gives your audience connecting points.
In your teaching and preaching, be real, responsible, and relevant. Students can handle truth. Preach the Word and let Jesus be Jesus.
Blake currently serves in Central Florida as a Student Pastor. He is passionate about evangelism, equipping believers to live on mission, and discipleship. He is a communicator that is known for simplicity and substance. He believes that the Bible isn’t necessarily hard to understand; it’s just hard to swallow. He deeply desires to see students and adults treasure the Word of God.
He loves his wife, Meredith and their son, Micah. He cheers unapologetically for the Atlanta Braves and the Florida Gators. He looks forward to partnering with you for your next DiscipleNow, conference, camp, etc.