Often times, maybe to often, it seems like preachers find themselves preaching from their mind, and not as much from the word.. now, if we aren’t careful this can easily lead to some problems for the congregation, or the preacher, himself. Luckily, there is a way to avoid this, there is a proper way.. one which we have kind of forsaken. Never worry though, this is why I’m writing this.. or in your case (written).
1. When in the pulpit, always remember your primary objective is to preach the TEXT. All other things come after, and rightfully so.
2. When preparing a sermon, ask yourself questions about the text, re-read it, highlight it, underline it, memorize it until you can recite it, this will help you look Bible smart, I suppose.. and if you have memorized scripture, especially in preparing a sermon, it can help you preach the text, itself.
3. Preaching the word in its proper context. I feel like we have a tendency to take verses like Philippians 4:13 and just prostitute them.. we sure seem quick to quote a lot.. but hardly do we take a moment to think.. do we even know what this means? Look for keywords as context clues to discover the author’s original intended meaning.
4. Use the verses as a bridge to connect believers to find truths
My favorite part of reading, preaching and teaching the Bible: Interpretation. The whole point of preaching, isn’t so much to interpret the word as it is to build a bridge through the word that you can disciple others and connect the truths of the Bible to our modern-day Christian lives.
Thomas Brunt is unashamed of his faith in Jesus Christ, and of the gospel. Have any theological arguments? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org