Start with the end in mind
Today has been such a busy day. Amidst several meetings and projects, I'm preparing a message to bring at the House of Prayer Church in Tampa this Saturday. I'm not even blogging til' after 9 pm, so anyone who knows me well realizes it must have really been a busy day! (I usually blog pretty early and not much gets in the way of blogging.) :::smile:::
Tonight my goal is to finish the message and that will give me another 24 hours to tweak it as I pray over it. This will be a short blog post as I still need to do that, but I thought I would give the first word of advice from me on this subject and that is to START WITH THE END IN MIND.
Of course you are going to pray your guts out and ask God to give you a word for His people, but I don't personally start at the beginning of a message. I don't create an outline and then an introduction followed by point 1, 2 and 3 and an altar call as lots of people advise. I start at the end. I ask, "How do I want this to end up?" or more importantly, "How does God want this to end up?" I pray about getting a vision for the close. I always give an altar call but it doesn't always look or feel the same. I ask the Lord how he wants the ending to go, and then I go from there and build the message from the front end, out.
If you know where you're going, it's easier to develop a plan to get there. Make sense?
So the first question you ask yourself is, "what is my altar call going to look like?" Then envision a plan to get there. More on this later as I go back to finishing my message...