Preparing the Message

This year it’s been my privilege to begin training a group of people who feel called to preach. We call it the PIT Crew—Preachers in Training. It’s not a college-level homiletics class, but does cover the basics of hermeneutics, exegesis, sermon preparation and presentation. It’s a continuing process, and monthly I share new information to help them in the fulfillment of the callings they have. This morning I am working in a message God has given me, and I want to share with the PIT Crew and with others who might benefit from the information.

Today it began with a “revelation”—that is, a thought that comes from God that is meant to be shared with others. Some of the time the revelation comes out of the text; other times the revelation draws me to a text. Often the revelation comes during my devotional time. I then began to process that revelation and how it applies to today’s life. I’ve just finished that part of preparation, and now I’m seeking a scripture from God’s Word that a) confirms what I believe God is saying; and b) reveals recognizable points that enable both the hearer and, especially, me, to see the correlation between the “revelation” and the text. Once I see those points, I’ll begin the process of application, explaining how those points reveal steps we might need to take to draw closer to Christ.

The ultimate objective is to bring a word from God that changes lives, beginning with my own. If the message doesn’t first minister to me I can’t expect it to minister to others.

So, that’s where I am in preparing this new message I believe God wants me to share. I’m looking forward to how He speaks to me and how He will use what He says to bring His word to others.

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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