Open Doors’ Rebecca Coatsworth takes part in the final of the Sermon of the Year competition at London School of Theology (LST) today.
“I’m feeling really really nervous but really excited and privileged to have this opportunity,” Rebecca said. “I think it is going to be a lot fun and God is doing to do some awesome stuff this evening.
“I’ve tried not to practice too much because when I do it can become monotonous and forced. I want to be fresh!”
Rebecca’s sermon is entitled, ‘Connecting to God'. “All the sermons are on the theme of ‘be set free’,” she said. “I’ve taken inspiration from Romans 8 about how when we live connected to God we are set free and we find freedom in Christ.”
Rebecca has a few personal anecdotes lined up too, “There’s a story of the time I got trapped in my neighbours bathroom and I even express my love of chicken run.”
“It’s going to be a really good night celebrating women’s preaching,” Rebecca said. “It’s great that all four the finalists are women. And it’s also a great opportunity to showcase different styles of preaching.”
Tim Hamilton, head of Marketing and Communications at Open Doors, said, “We’re rightly proud of what Rebecca has achieved. It’s a testament to what a great communicator she is – she’s brilliant. We are very fortunate to have her on the Open Doors team. We’re all rooting and praying for her tonight!”
Rebecca Coatsworth joined Open Doors as a copywriter in January 2018 and lives in Witney, Oxfordshire.
Sermon of the year is run by Preach magazine and London School of Theology. Finalists preach their sermon to a live audience and four panellists, including Dr Krish Kandiah, Dr Chloe Lynch, Rev Anne Calver and Antony Billington.