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5/10/13 at 01:11 PM 1 Comments

I Could Be the Greatest, But…

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By Stephen Altrogge

I could be the greatest worship leader, and have a band that puts U2 to shame, and have the perfect set list, and be wearing the perfect combination of clothes so that I appear cool without looking like I’m trying. But…

I could be the world’s greatest small group leader, and have the greatest discussion questions prepared, and a snack that tastes like it was made in the third heaven. But…

I could be a fantastic children’s ministry teacher, with lesson plans involving live snakes, and songs that make all the kids dance with joy. But…

I could be an incredible preacher, with the most poignant illustrations and the greatest exposition. But…

I could be a fantastic father, who regularly shares the gospel with his children and is faithful to discipline them appropriately. But…

If I’m not accompanied by the power of God, all my efforts will be useless.

In regards to preaching (and this applies to all the other areas as well), John Owen says:

For a man solemnly to undertake the interpretation of any portion of scripture without invocation of God…is a high provocation of him…[The preacher] engages in a work so much above his ability.

Before we engage in any spiritual action, let’s call upon the Lord to fill our labors with his power.


Stephen Altrogge serves as pastor at Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, PA. Stephen is author of the books Game Day For the Glory of God: A Guide For Athletes, Fans, and Wanabes and The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence. Stephen blogs at The Blazing Center.

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