Two Sundays ago, in the 11:00 service at Word of Life, Pastor Jeff Dixon took the platform to receive the offering. But first, Pastor Jeff took opportunity to share a word of knowledge for one of the pastors’ wife, and asked the youth to pray for her. From there, an overwhelming presence of God fell, and personal ministry became the focus of the service, with the youth leading the way in many cases. The offering became an afterthought at the close of the service, and Pastor Bill didn’t preach.
This past Sunday, Pastor Jeff brought the message to the 11:00 service, and preached a powerful word of encouragement, “But I’m Still Standing”. http://bit.ly/24K4zCi.
In over the thirty-plus years in the charismatic church world, I’ve heard, many times, “The service was wonderful. The presence of God was so powerful the preacher didn’t even get to preach.” The implication is that if the Holy Spirit moves to the point that there is no preaching, it’s somehow a better service.
NOT SO! It’s wonderful when the Holy Spirit moves in such a way that His plans overtake our plans. And, we must be willing to let Him do so. But we need the word of God preached as well. Last Sunday’s service was no less special than the week before–it was just different from the week before. Let’s not evaluate a service based on whether or not the preacher preached, but on whether or not lives were changed.