Do we tend to take the stance of the celebrity expert, or the authoritarian scholar, or use the indirect authority of gentle encouragement? It is not just whether we speak with authority or not, but how that authority is wielded. This is about whether we are more direct or indirect, instructive or suggestive, bold or subtle.
Yesterday we began the series by flagging that your preaching is probably more influenced by your national culture than you tend to realize (click here if you haven’t read part 1 already, it will help to make sense of this post.)
Here are some aspects of our preaching that may be more reflective of our culture than we realize:
1. Self. How much of ourselves do we inject into the talk, and how do we speak about ourselves? How comfortable do we feel telling stories about ourselves to support what we are saying?