We have had some great feedback over the last two months about the messages and prayer at Project WARM. The guests have responded in some great ways after hearing the messages and we all want to make them as impactful as possible. Here are some helpful suggestions when preparing and giving the prayer and messages while you are volunteering at Project WARM. Keep in mind that the goal of the message time is for the guests to hear the living Word – John 6:63 states “ …The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life”.
- Keep your messages short and Biblically relevant. A message that is 3-5 minutes is more than enough to read a few verses and explain how that might be relevant to you. Keep in mind that we aren’t trying to create a sermon here – just a time that the Bible is read and commented on how it is relevant to ALL of our lives. Let the Word speak for itself – don’t over explain the message if there is no explanation needed. If you would like to add an explanation describe how those verses relate to YOUR life is the best approach. Try not to create an “us and them” message.
- Keep the tone of the message relavant to “everyone”. Romans 3:32 states “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. In giving a message or a verse to a guest remember that ALL of us fall short of the glory of God and that we all have sinned. We are no better than the guests – pick a message that is comfortable to give not only to the guests but also your neighbors. Don’t pick a message that is controversial or overly heavy handed to the guests situation. When preparing a verse don’t think of one guests situation – think of everyone there.
- Think love, not fear -Most of the guests know Christ. 1John 4:18 says ” There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love”. Messages should be focused on love and not condemnation or what someone may lack. Messages that continually focus on the the guests being lost can create a more negative environment that doesn’t encourage hope.
Through the reading of the Word God is at work.