Congregation of One was written for only one purpose: That I would remember the lessons God was trying to teach me. God has a unique way of speaking to me. He uses sermons. I know that might not sound very profound. A few million people around the world listen to sermons on a weekly basis. The difference is that these are sermons heard only by me. God’s words fill my mind, and I hear my own voice preaching to me. I am not sure when I started preaching to myself, but I admit it has been going on for quite some time. I could be lying in bed, driving down the highway, or any quiet moment, and something pops into my mind, and I begin to script a sermon in my mind. Sometimes, the thoughts come in a gushing stream. At other moments the sermon begins as disjointed fragments that finally fit together as I allow my mind to absorb the lesson.
It took me a while to understand that God was really trying to teach me through these sermons. At first, I was overly impressed with my own cleverness. But, God eventually was able to open my eyes to the true purpose of these private church services. I remember driving to Oklahoma from Austin. I was in route to my in-laws home to join my family. God had been dealing with me over a few very tightly held pieces of myself, and over the course of the seven-hour drive that Plymouth mini-van was a rolling revival service. It was then I realized that, although in my mind it was me preaching to a congregation of hundreds, in reality it was God preaching to a congregation of one.