Convincing VS Convicting

A convicting message vs.  A convincing message
There are many convincing messages in the Churches today, but very few are convicting.

A convicting message vs.  A convincing message

There are many convincing messages in the Churches today, but very few are convicting. What is the difference you may ask, well, lets look at it.

A Convincing message is one where the person delivering the message has thought it out, planed it, added cleaver words and example. By the end of the message, you are convinced that you need to do something, you may even be crying and you know, at that instant, that you HAVE to change, you HAVE to do this or that. But once you have left the pew and gone home, you quickly forget about it, go on with your daily routine, there may be a few changes her and there, you may even feel like you are becoming a better person, more loving, more caring, but it pretty much stops there.

Now, lets not confused the above with Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13:1-9 of the seed that fell along the path and got eaten by birds or on rocky ground that sprang up quickly, but was scorch by the sun, or fell among thorns and got choked. What we are looking at here is bad seed planted in any of the above mentioned or on good soil, it will NOT produce a harvest of righteousness.

Convicting message on the other hand, is the one where the Holy Spirit is at work. He CONVICT the person hearing the message because God’s truth being preached; the truth of His Holy, self sufficient, inerrant Word. Now we can apply the parable of Jesus in Matthew 13:1-9 as we are using good seed.

Another element that is interesting to look at is the definition of the two words as shown below;



1. persuading or assuring by argument or evidence: They gave a convincing demonstration of the car’s safety features.

2. appearing worthy of belief; plausible: The excuse was not convincing.

verb (used with object), -vinced, -vinc⋅ing.

1. to move by argument or evidence to belief, agreement, consent, or a course of action: to convince a jury of his guilt; A test drive will convince you that this car handles well.

2. to persuade; cajole: We finally convinced them to have dinner with us.

3. Obsolete. to prove or find guilty.

4. Obsolete. to overcome; vanquish.


verb (used with object)

1. to prove or declare guilty of an offense, esp. after a legal trial: to convict a prisoner of a felony.

2. to impress with a sense of guilt.


3. a person proved or declared guilty of an offense.

4. a person serving a prison sentence.

See the difference?

Thank you Jesus for you Holly Spirit and for revealing these magnificent truth to us. You are Holy and pure and truth, we praise you and give you thanks for all that you have done and all that you continue to do in our lives.

Are you hearing a “Convincing” message or a “Convicting” one?


Author: Renee-Claude Tanguay

I Have Been Seized by the Power of a Great Affection

4 thoughts on “Convincing VS Convicting”

  1. Thanks for sharing Renee.

    I am having a little trouble with the argument of convincing vs. convicting – as any message does need to be prepared/thought out and planned.

    But the key is as you put it – You need to be preaching the truth with the power of the Holy Spirit.


    1. Thank you for your comment Suraj!

      You are right about the need for the message to be prepared/thought out and plan, however, this it is not the planing that gives the message it’s power, but the holy, inerrant, authoritative Word of God. You can have the best preparation in the world, if you don’t use the correct ingredient, though you will obtain results, it won’t be the correct one, make sense?

      God is very specific in His word on what He gives power to and it is His word.

      One example is found in 2 Timothy 4:1-2 where Paul says to Timothy “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:preach the WORD; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” That sounds pretty clear to me :)

      Also, how did Jesus teach? shouldn’t He be the model to follow?

      Hope this helps.


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