So in the 27 years that I have taught as a pastor/teacher, I have strived to preach the text each week and try to clearly understand what the text is saying in its context to the whole Bible. So I try to say what the text means and then broadening the meaning from that text to other scriptures in the bible that reinforces this great truth and out of the truth of the scripture which is alive and powerful and out of the truth comes strong compelling divine life-changing implications and far more interested in implications then application, The Holy Spirit can do the application. I want people to feel the burden of the implications. Its a matter of obedience and judgment.
I want people to have the confidence that I have rightly divided the Word of God as God's Word and not my words but God's truth.
In the last 50 years: 27 years as a pastor/teacher of four churches (two for only six months) and The other twenty three years that I have been a Youth Pastor, Assoc. Pastor, Educational Director, Camp Director, Bus Director, Children's Director, Bible Teacher. Plus worked as a Floor Tech, Supervisor in a Nursing Home for 12 years. Worked at Mex Itali, Work at Union Mills, Word for Pullman Railroad, Amtrak Trains, Building Supervisor at AABC, just to name a few jobs. Once tried to knock down an Amish barn, with out any success. Put up aluminum siding in Mansfield OH with Adam Geiss. Stock grocery at Hawkins in Wooster Ohio. Was an Teenage Probation Office under Judge Fowler in Portsmouth Ohio. Oh! and sold insurance, and drove a school bus for the Minford School in Minford, OH. Boy I am glad I am retired from those jobs. Oh! now I am a landscaper, and a lumber jack and a lawn mowing expert. Ha Ha. Collector of Hot Wheels and M2 Machine, and other sports stuff. Its time to go preach/teach.