“And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,”lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped theLord with their faces to the ground. Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, helped the people to understand the Law,while the people remained in their places. They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.”
(Nehemiah 8:5-8, ESV)
This passage reminded me to ask the question, “Do I make sense when I preach and teach the Bible?”
I asked the following three questions about preaching and teaching from the Bible.
1. What does it look like for me to be clear in my preaching and teaching?
2. Do I make sense in my preaching and teaching with respect to content, in context, and with the congregation?
3. Do people experience the result of understanding the message by showing more interest in knowing God, loving God and obeying God?