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Importance of Preaching To Your Self

Sermon Prep can be grueling and not always a spiritual experience.

So, you prayed deeply at the beginning of your sermon prep process. You asked the Lord to give you a text.

You picked up your Bible and read if for the passage, book, testament, author, and full Biblical context.

You referred to commentaries and Bible dictionaries to fill in what you couldn’t figure out from the text alone.

Sermon Prep in the Shower

You know what….

I have said this before…

But my sermon prep happens literally…

EVERYWHERE…

Sometimes I am practicing the sermon while driving to work…

Yep…If you drive by me, you will see me in there preaching….

No one really thinks about it, I assume, because everyone is talking on phones with Bluetooth devices anyway…

So you know, I don’t look out of the ordinary…

But…I go through my sermons while driving.

Today, I was in the shower…

Yep…in the shower…

And I started preaching a sermon I was working on…

And God gave me something.

Something that fit in perfectly…

May be an illustration…

May be a conlcusion….

May be something else…

But God gives me something…and sometimes it is so good that I have to go grab some paper right then to write it down.

ok..so why am I telling you this?

Becuase..like I said yesterday….you need to put some “TIME” in your preparation…

Great preaching has

Solid scholarship…you have used whatever ability you have to get at the Bible writer’s intent.

That will look like original language study if you know them. It will look like reading in multiple contexts the chapter…book….etc… It will look like appealing to commentaries.

It also includes Understanding of the needs of your people.

That will look like having talked to them. Having struggled with them. Visited them.

It also includes Spirit leading.  Has the Spirit lead you in your preparation? Has the Spirit lead you in your putting together the points? Has the spirit lead. 

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