Sometimes we’re given a topic or text to preach. Sometimes we’re following a series we’ve already selected. But, from time to time, we have freedom to choose.

What happens when you have this opportunity, but do not know what to speak about?

Here are three tips:

1. Go ask 

  • Pray to discover what is troubling you or exciting you.
  • Ask God for insight as to what’s going on in your own life and heart.

2. Go serve

  • Get involved with people. 
  • Then reflect on what God is teaching you and showing you.

3. Go repent

  • Is there something nagging at your conscience?
  • Repent, get refreshed (Acts 3.19), and share the joy of your repentance.

What do you do when you don’t know what to preach on? Do you have a tried-and-tested method? Please share it here.

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John