I have written on this subject before, several times, as to where I get my information for my sermons and teaching. I need to line the links to my blogs where I have address this topic.
I have stated I learn from others. If I were to state all those whom I have learned from and copied from the list would be many.
My early years from 1962 to 1980 I learned from my Dad. I listen to a lot of preaching and read a lot of books. My preach reflected the books and preaching I heard. I tried to mention to those whom I was preaching that I read a lot and from those the sermons were made.
In 1973 I received a tape by John MacArthur on Ephesians 4:12 and after listening to that message my idea of ministry and preaching changed 100 per cent.
Starting in 1980 when I went to the Shepherd conference at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley CA and then again in 1992 I began to adopt the material that I have learned from the Shepherd Conference
I would say “If you want to know how I would like to preach like, I would say listen to John MacArthur.” I would say, to the congregation at the church, the material of this sermon is coming from John MacArthur.
Today if I were to mention every quote that I made in a sermon, I would have to quote about ten to twenty references that I use in every sermon. I don’t do that. But I have tried to make footnotes in my manuscript to (My Dad Everette Whisnant ) the references that I use.
When I am teaching the book of Romans or Philippians as I am doing now. I have used John MacArthur’s sermons as starting point, but have used over thirty other references in the preparation of the sermons.
I have adopted a lot of Bill Gothards’s material in to our ministry. I have used a lot of Jay Adam’s material in our ministry.
So anyone who wants to know, I am not original in my preaching.