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Some Notes on Preaching

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A preacher spends many hours with a text before it becomes a sermon. They sit with the text, wrestle with the text, pray over the text, and carefully examine all the details within the text. The 25-minute sermon on Sunday morning is a result of much study.

A preacher is an instrument used by God. This means the preaching is never about the preacher. It’s not about his hair, his suit, or even his presentation. It’s about the message. The goal of most preachers is to get out of the way so that the message will be front and center.

The message that is often presented is one the preacher needs to hear himself. Sermons are composed with the congregation in mind, but the congregant that the preacher knows best is himself. A sermon is not the result of a preacher having mastered what he is preaching on. In fact, it is often the opposite. The preacher personally knows from his experience that this is a message that needs to be heard.

The message of God is presented each Sunday in jars of clay (2 Cor. 4:7). What preachers hope people see on Sunday is the power of God in a clay vessel, but sometimes all people see is a clay jar. Preachers are human. Preachers are imperfect. Preachers make mistakes, and because of this, they need grace as much as anyone else in the congregation.

The question that most preachers would like people to ask themselves as they listen to a sermon is “What does God want me to hear today?” The sermon was not designed specifically for your neighbor or the person sitting in the pew in front of you. The sermon is intended for the people of God, so that they may be transformed into the image of Christ. The only way this transformation will occur is if each member will focus on what the message has to say to him or her.

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