Welcome to The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicating to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.
In this episode, I want to talk to you about preparing to preach. A passion to preach without the discipline to study is a desire to perform. Preparing to preach is hard work. Preaching is the fun part. Preparing is the hard part. Faithful preachers do the hard work of diligent preparation.
How do you prepare to preach?
Preparing yourself. First and foremost, prepare yourself to preach. This begins by affirming your call to preach. Ministry is a calling you receive, not a vocation you choose. Likewise, maintain a vibrant devotional life. Be clear about what you believe and why. And establish a personal study plan that works for you.
Preparing the text. After you prepare yourself, and before you prepare to go to the pulpit, you must do word-work. Pray for illumination. Read and reread the text. Do word studies. Study the context. Look up cross-references. Consult the commentaries. You are not ready to preach until you understand the text.
Preparing the message. Once you have finished your research, your preparation work is not done. Turn your study notes into a biblical message. Work through the point and structure of the message. Write yourself clear. Prepare a set of notes to take to the pulpit. Then end where you began, in prayer.
A passion to preach without the discipline to study is a desire to perform.
H.B. Charles Jr.
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