"Calling upon thirty years of ministry and a lifetime in the church, [Pastor] Kelly makes the case... [for] congregations to be better possitioned to accomplish the "FINISH Commitment"!

"Patrick L. Kelly has pastored churches in Canada and the United States. He has ministered to national and international church gatherings for more than thirty years. He has a passion for preaching and teaching God's Word for the salvation of the sinner and the edification of the believer, His educational background includes studies from Bethel Bible College, Lee University, and Southwest Bible College and Theological Seminary. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in theology. He was also conferred with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Saint Thomas Christian University. Dr. Kelly is the lead pastor of Cathedral Church of God in Deerfield Beach, Florida.  (Kelly, P.; Serve on Purpose, back cover; Church of God Multicultural Education Ministries, Cleveland TN; Dockins Printing)

One of the top priorities for the pastor is preaching powerful sermons. A man of God is led by various ways to reach His people.

1) Week to week, sermons are created to connect our church with God’s Word and to disciple them to a closer relationship with Him. Great sermons begin with a topic where our pastors are lead for inspiration for sermon help in various ways. The desire is to help our congregation keep an open mind to God’s direction. Through bible study and listening to the Lord’s voice, a scripture or story may come to mind. Sometimes a current event or trend could manifest itself to deliver a certain message. To use one of these God-given ideas to start the thought process for the next sermon is usually all that is required.

2) Great sermons include study of the bible scriptures. It is generally understood that a pastor relies on constant study and multiple scripture resources to stay connected to his chosen congregation and to be led to a specific sermon message or story. They know that they must rely on passages of the Bible that relate to the specific point of a sermon to help back it up with a biblical point of view and relate it to today’s personal experiences.

3) Great sermons illustrate the point or meaning. The moral and spiritual perspective of any story usually leaves the most significant impression on the listener. The same is true for sermon illustrations. Beginning or ending your sermon with a story can help the point stick with the “hearer of God’s Word”.

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