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What To Do When It’s Saturday Night and Your Sermon Is Bad

It was Saturday night. I sat down to put the final touches on my sermon for the morning. I wrote the sermon quite a while ago in my process of getting ahead. I dusted my sermon off earlier in the week and worked on internalizing it.

Saturday night was my normal routine of practicing out loud and making a few minor tweaks. It’s usually very smooth and easy.

But then, I ran into a big problem.

I realized that the main idea for my message was based on a misinterpretation of my key passage of scripture. It was an easy mistake to make. It was only a minor misinterpretation. I could preach it and most people wouldn’t even know the difference or even care if they did.

It was a stupid mistake that I should have caught the week I wrote the message. But to be honest, I cut corners on my usual process of study because of how busy the week was.

So there I was, hours before I was supposed to preach, with a real problem.

Do I say, “Too late now,” and preach through the problem with the intention to never let it happen again? Or, do I completely rewrite my message only hours before I have to preach it?

What would you do?

I will tell you what I did. After a minor panic attack, I put on my big boy pants, poured myself a cup of coffee, and rewrote the entire sermon as best I could in the time I had.

Was I frustrated with myself? Yes. Was I tired? Yes. But was my conscience clean? Absolutely.

Thankfully, my new sermon went well. It wasn’t as polished as I would have liked. It wasn’t as engaging as my other sermon would have been. But deep down, I know that I did my due diligence as the shepherd of my flock.

I don’t ever want this situation to happen again. But at least I slept great Sunday night knowing I did my absolute best to rightly handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

What about you? If you found a misinterpretation or misapplication in your sermon the night before you preach, what would you do?  

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Brandon has been on a ten-year journey to become the best preacher he can possibly be. During this time, he has worked in churches of all sizes, from a church plant to some of the largest and fastest growing churches in the United States. Brandon writes his thoughts and ideas from his journey at ProPreacher.com.