If you preach with any regularity, you are sure at one time or another to experience sermon block. A novelist might call it writers block, but for the preacher it is sermon block. Each week one is expected to sit down and a few hours later, magically a sermon appears.
With 66 book in the Bible to choose from, one would think the subject lines would be endless, the array of sermons very from week to week. But let’s be honest, the only good sermon is a sermon that moves the speaker to action. Which calls or pulls on the heart strings, which resonates within his own soul. In essence the preacher must preach to himself. A preacher friend of mine says, if you listen to preacher long enough you will probably understand the spiritual condition of your pastor better than the pastor does.
So when the preacher sits and stares at a blank screen, what is it that keeps him from creating a sermon. A lack of faith, a lack of study, afraid that this sermon will fail to meet the needs of the listeners.
No, instead sermon block comes from failing to admit within his own life how God is using or not using him. When he looks in that granite mirror, the 10 commandments, the preacher fails to see the stain of sin in his own life.
Oh, Heavenly Father, help me to never stop looking upon that granite mirror and seeing where the smudge of dirt lies within my own life. May life’s experiences teach me the struggles that happen daily in the lives of the congregation. May I always head the council of the Holy Spirit and beyond all else, keep me humble.