1) Don’t apologize for preaching what the Bible teaches. I had a sense that one or many would strongly disagree with what I had to say in these sermons. Not being one that enjoys conflict, I said something to the effect of “I didn’t really want to preach this, but here goes.” After the service a number of people said to me, “Don’t apologize for preaching God’s Word.” Ouch. So, so true. Thank you to those who said that to me! In my weakness, I displayed what it is to be ashamed of the Word. When you might sense that someone will vehemently disagree with God’s Word, remember that they are disagreeing with God and not you necessarily.
2) Be bold in proclaiming the Word. If I were to preach the last few sermons again, I would ask God to grant me boldness to proclaim His Word (Acts 4:29). Boldness conveys belief in what you are proclaiming. God will use us in our weakness. How can God give you boldness to say and insist on God’s truth to those in your life?
3) There is great freedom in coming to grips with #1 and #2 above. I sense that the Lord will use this experience to shape me into a unapologetic, bold preacher of His truth. It is liberating to realize that you don’t need to apologize for how God’s Word might offend someone. (You may need to apologize for how you shared God’s Word). Being set free from a “what do people think of me?” attitude ushers forth a “Let ‘er fly!” attitude. When that happens, God’s truth begins to be talked about, shared, and insisted upon.