Excited to Preach - Marcus Serven
What should excite you as a pastor as you prepare a sermon?
Marcus Serven explains that he has delivered sermons for over 30 years. As a preacher, you want to dig into the text and construct a sermon so that the text ministers to the people. The points in your sermon should flow right out of the Bible – that is when it has the most authority.
Perhaps the exciting part of sermon preparation is the realization that though you as the pastor may be putting the sermon together, it is the Word of God that is impacting people and that is where change comes from. God works through your faithful communication of His Word to encourage, convict, and instruct your congregation.
2 Corinthians 4:5-6 (NKJV) – “For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Dr. Marcus J. Serven was declared the Pastor Emeritus of Covenant Family Church (OPC) in Troy, Missouri upon his retirement in October, 2016. After serving thirty-seven years in pastoral ministry he is now engaged in researching, writing, and teaching on the key figures and doctrines of the Protestant Reformation (www.genevanfoundation.com). Marcus and his wife Cheryl have nine children, six of whom are grown, along with ten grandchildren. Dr. Serven is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, BA; Fuller Theological Seminary, MDiv; and Covenant Theological Seminary, ThM and DMin. The Serven’s make their home in Austin, Texas.
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