Philosophy of Preaching
Preachers carry a specific mindset into the pulpit. They approach the text and the presentation based on their presuppositions coupled with their abilities and opportunities.
Faithful Bible students will allow Scripture to be their mirror and sword (James 1:23; Ephesians 6:17).
As a fulltime preacher for the past nineteen years I want to share the main points of my philosophy of preaching in hopes of helping others.
Proclaiming the Word of God is one of the highest callings on earth (Romans 10:15). As a result, we must be spiritually transformed so we can connect with the Lord (Romans 12:1-2).
This spiritual connection should lead us to a deep reverence and respectful fear for God and his Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17). All spiritual blessings are found in Christ (Ephesians 1:3) and without them, preaching is simply a motivational talk.
When we open the Bible and prepare a sermon, we’re fired with humility and awe (James4:10). God is always watching and listening (Psalm 139:7-12). So our presentation is bigger than us. We utilize the intelligence and abilities God gave us to bring glory to him (Ephesians 3:21).
At the forefront of our mission must be an undeniable faith that God is always good and his Word is always right. We are simply messengers taking the Word from God’s mouth and delivering it to human souls in need of salvation.
Absolute reverence leads to a deep respect for God’s plan and Word. We come to the Bible with a careful heart seeking only God’s will and nothing else. We subsequently proclaim the Word instead of our own prejudices and agendas (2 Timothy 4:2).
Respect and love for God turns our soft hearts to our brethren and the lost (1 John 4). We respect them enough to tell them the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).
In order to be a better preacher, we have to be thoroughly educated in the human spirit and mind. We cannot change hearts we do not understand. Preachers should therefore drink deeply from the Word first and then from the best human writers.
Reading enhances our vocabulary, empathy and understanding. It also ensures that we will remain young, vibrant and growing.
Utilizing what we have learned, we bring it to the pulpit and we read the people before us. Preaching not only to their hearts, minds and souls, we also study their faces to see what is resonating so we can penetrate deeper into that subject.
We take preaching very seriously. Every lesson is life and death to someone because it may be the last sermon they hear. That should drive us to push harder in study and preparation. We do all we can to deliver interesting and edifying lessons.
The Word becomes a repository of spiritual treasures. We dig deeply and fill our minds with the richness of the text and present it as simply as possible so souls can be saved.
There aren’t any shortcuts for the passionate. God deserves our best and beyond and we should do all we can to deliver.