While I was working at getting my Masters of Theology degree, one of the classes I took was “Preaching”. The professor of the class would regularly say to the class, “one of the worst sins a pastor of a local church can commit is to bore those who take the time to listen to him with the Word of God.” And then he would follow that up with this, “but a worse sin is to bore them every week”. Other memorable quotes that used to worry me were, “Just because you have good content, doesn’t mean you won’t bore those listening”, or this one, “Just because you have good stories doesn’t mean you won’t bore them”.
James 3:1 was a regular verse read in class, “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.”
There were many good things taught in the class that have helped me immensely as I have preached and taught the Bible for these 42 years, but there was one thing that stood out above all the rest that I heard. When Jesus taught it says that the crowds marveled because He didn’t teach like the local Bible teachers of the day, but that He taught with authority. That authority caused the people to listen, and to believe what He said was true. Those who read the Bible faithfully, study it, and memorize it develop a confidence and faith that causes them to teach in a way that prompts people to listen. I am a teacher of the Bible, and I don’t want to commit the ultimate sin and bore people so I read the Bible faithfully every day.