Greatest Lessons I Have Learned as a Preacher of the Gospel

Several years ago, I found the following from Pastor Bob Kelley who went Home to Glory on October 28, 2006. I believe these practical lessons wrought out of forty-three years of ministry will be of great help and encouragement to you as you begin 2023, a new year of living out the Christ-life in His ministry.

  1. Your best sermon is your family; love your wife and teach your children to stay close.
  2. Empty wells produce dead cats and dry leaves—personal devotions are a must to prevent burnout and keep a fresh presence of the Lord.
  3. Love people as they are, rough edges and all, and never, ever give up on them.
  4. You do not get what you want in life and ministry; you get what you are—character matters.
  5. Never, ever lose your burden for souls.
  6. Guard your tongue.
  7. Learn to calculate what is worth making an issue over—learn the difference between convictions and preferences.
  8. God called us to build people, not ministries or buildings.
  9. Make good friends.
  10. Have fun! Stay excited! Laugh! People ought to want your job!
  11. Die to self, and don’t be all day in doing it! Rise early and get going!
  12. The best protection against falling into sin is to practice hating it.
  13. Count your blessings—then record them. Don’t rely on your memory to recall all of God’s goodness.
  14. Say “thank you” every time and every way you can. A thankful attitude covers a multitude of sins
  15. Exercise your faith. A faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted.
  16. Never forget the judgment seat of Christ.
  17. Always remember—God can get along just fine without you!

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