Well I am sure that you have your conviction about this matter of using a manuscript. Most Fundamental Baptist do not even use notes, let along a manuscript. They shoot from the mouth and emotions rather than the Word of God. I would highly say they need a manuscript. The reason I started using a manuscript was to keep me from chasing goats. I am certainly not bound to them. But I would think also that the Holy Spirit could led me in the preparation of a sermon in the first place.
One of the hardest lessons for a pastor to learn is to truly lean on the Holy Spirit while preaching and not his manuscript. I know this all too well because in my tradition, we are prone to read our manuscripts instead of preaching the message of the gospel. While manuscripts may provide well documented theological arguments, reading from one is not preaching. Reading from a manuscript is nothing more than giving a theological lecture. Far too often in my denomination it is regarded as preaching. On the one hand, the manuscript process for preparation is to be commended because it requires research, prayer and time spent in the word of God. But on the other hand, it is bad because when you are reading a manuscript, the Holy Spirit is inhibited.
After all, did Peter read his sermon on the day of Pentecost? Absolutely not. He was filled with…
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