I love hearing preachers preach on a daily basis. You will often find me hearing sermons in my truck as I head to work, at the gym as I get my pump on, or even at home on my Ipad. I am sure we all listen to the same speakers like TD Jakes, Jentezen Franklin, and Steven Furtick just to name a few. These men of God are anointed to articulate, break down, and share some deep revelation that blesses us as we hear them. A lot of the times they use that one powerful one liner “to blessed to be stressed”, “to anointed to be disappointed”, or my favorite one “Where there is vision there is provision!” These are used in the sermon to fire up the crowd and have everyone on their feet clapping as the preacher goes bananas. By the time you know it, half the congregation is posting it on Facebook and twitter by the end of the service. I must admit they are catchy and encouraging and seasoned ministers can come up with one in a flash. They don’t even have to put much thought into it. It just pops up in their head like a pop tart.
I remember when I was given the first opportunity to speak at my church I wanted to create a one liner that was going to blow the congregation away. I was speaking on Jehoshaphat and the title was “Power in Praise”. I am sure you know where I was going with this sermon. As I was preparing, I was spending too much time on developing a one liner. Sunday morning came and I had my new Express suit hanging, my message typed out, and still no one liner. I said, “God give me a one liner to use!” Funny how I was more concerned with the one liner than the message. I remember as I was going over the message that morning I came across this scripture found in Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” It was like God slapped me in the face and made me realize that Hs word has the Power, not the one liner. When I got saved in 2009 at Destiny Through Christ Church, it was the word that captured my heart not the one liner. It is Jesus who can save, who can set free, and who can cleanse us from our filthy sin, not the one liner.
As I preached that Sunday message I didn’t have a one liner, I just showed up with a message straight from the heart. After service I was humbled when people from the congregation said they were blessed. If you’re a rookie preacher like me, don’t focus on the one liner. Focus on what God has placed in your heart.
Donny Villarreal and his wife Jessica Villarreal serve at Destiny Through Christ Church in Pharr, Tx. They serve under Pastors Rudy and Annemarie Beltran. Donny is a Registered Nurse at Doctors Hospital Renaissance and has a passion to serve the people of his church and his community.