HOW SHALL WE PREPARE FOR A SERMON?

Pastors: may I encourage you when stepping into the pulpit to minister the Word of God – “preach the Word!” Make it your chief aim to exposit the Scriptures as a dying man to dying men. Don’t let quoting Luther, Calvin, Edwards, Piper, MacArthur, etc. be your primary text. Give them the God’s Word! (2Tim 4:1-5)  Chris Harper said on his Facebook page.

I have always wished that I had a direct line with the Holy Spirit to pour out a sermon fresh from the Spirit of Christ.

There have been some I am sure that have had that joy in their preaching.

Since I don’t believe that preaching is to be filled with fillers as so much preaching is, I believe the TEACHING of God’s Word should be the explanation of God’s Word. So much of preaching is about delivery, its about humor, its about been interesting, its about been current, its about how well you put a well written  phrases, its about pulpit mannerism, its about how you look, its about stories, its about application,  its about how short you can make a sermon, its about using common language of the day, its about speaking correctly as not to offend, its in the voice,  its bout how to preach with power, its about just about everything but about the heralding of the Word of God.

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” (Acts 4:31) What does that mean?

“Is there any word from the Lord?”  What does that mean?

It is amazing how such a man can have intellectual ability, personal appeal, and charisma, and not be ready to preach.   What does that mean?

 

We’re not ready to strengthen the brethren and feed the sheep until we have spent time with the Shepherd. Like the psalmist we ask, “Could there be something the matter with me?” Robert Murray M’Cheyne said, “My people’s greatest need is my personal holiness.” How is my relationship with the Master?

 

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About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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2 Responses to HOW SHALL WE PREPARE FOR A SERMON?

  1. Chad Beck says:

    Amen! It is my prayer on the Lord’s Day, I give God’s people an overflow from my time spent with the Great Shepherd throughout the week. I believe that comes by way of prayer and meditating on the Scriptures (not just the ones we will preach, either). We as God’s men should pour ourselves into the Word of God and read more of God’s Word for personal devotion- sanctification. As we pour ourselves into the Word I believe the Holy Spirit will use it as an overflow of our preaching, whatever text we are in! Thanks for the post!

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