Whether you are a seasoned veteran of the pulpit or are sweating your first sermon series, solid sermon preparation doesn’t simply happen. I am still surprised by the temptation in the busyness of church leadership, and by my ability to procrastinate one of the most important and sacred responsibilities. Okay, not so surprised by the latter… you get the point.
Here are 4 Essentials of Sermon Preparation that help keep pastors purposed about preaching…
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” – Paul
(2 Timothy 2:15, NIV)
Purposed Time. Plan your optimal time of day. This is when your brain is most active and your spirit most open to what God wants to say through you.
Purposed Place. Plan your optimal environment. This is where you are at your creative best. Hint: Get out of the office!
Purposed People. Partner with your optimal team. This is who you can partner with to communicate the message best.
Purposed Prayer. Prepare with your optimal source. This is what it takes to add the essential intangible that is the Holy Spirit’s presence.
Peak Thinking: “People have an idea that the preacher is an actor on a stage and they are the critics, blaming or praising him. What they don’t know is that they are the actors on the stage; he (the preacher) is merely the prompter standing in the wings, reminding them of their lost lines.” ― Søren Kierkegaard
Peak Pause: How much preparation time do you spend on each sermon or teaching session? 1-3 hours ____ 4-6 ____ 7-10 hours ____ 11+ hours ____
What is your best source of inspiration when it comes to preaching/teaching preparation?
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Excerpt from PEAK Pastors – Preaching