Hello, helpful tips for those who are called to preach. God bless! 🙂
“Preaching,” as Martyn Lloyd-Jones put it, “is theology coming through a man who is on fire.”
In no particular order, here are some reflections, musings, and bits of advice on the noble task of preaching the Word of God.
1. I’ve heard it attributed to Tim Keller that you have to preach at least 200 sermons to get good. (Or something like that.) I think this is generally true. For those gifted to preach, it does take a long time to hit your stride and become reliably good, and even then, you keep growing and refining. For those who aren’t gifted to preach, I think even reaching the 200 mark shows no discernable growth. Someone is ungifted to preach when they’ve been at it a long time and show no real development. Sermon 201 is probably not noticeably improved from sermon 1.
2. I personally favor the use of manuscripts, but I understand they’re not for everyone. If you can’t preach from a…
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