This coming Sunday, I have the opportunity to preach at my church in the morning services. If you think of it, pray for me and my church family as we go through Titus 2:11-14. So in light of spending the past few weeks studying the passage and getting ready to preach, I thought I would share 2 quick thoughts on preparing & preaching a sermon.
1. Preparing a sermon takes more than time than you might think.
This may sound obvious, but it needs to be said…preparing takes a lot of time. Every preacher does it differently, but here’s the gist of what I see preachers doing to prepare. They study the passage on their own, they read commentaries, they write an outline, they get their major ideas for the sermon, then they rework all those ideas into an organized sermon. After that, a lot of preachers will preach through the sermon on their own during the week several times in order to bring clarity to certain points and work on introductions as well as applications. All that prep work takes time. On Sunday morning, we get to hear a well thought out, organized sermon…be thankful to God that your pastor did the hard work of preparation.
2. Preaching a sermon is hard work.
There’s a lot of reasons that preaching is hard. The delivery of the sermon is tough because you are wanting to make the truth of the passage clear to the people who are hearing. You don’t want to clutter a sermon to the point where people lose sight of what is most important in the text. You also want to speak in a way that is culturally effective. Delivering a sermon isn’t just transferring information from the speaker to the hearer. The goal of the sermon is to see God’s people engage with the Word of God so that they can engage their world for God’s glory. That’s serious stuff. I get it do it from time to time, but the person who stands up week after week preaching before their congregation…they deserve a lot of respect. In fact the Bible tells us that in 1 Timothy 5:17-18. Be thankful to God for your pastor that does the hard work of preaching.
Bottom line: Let’s encourage our pastors. Let’s pray for our pastors. Let’s listen well to the sermons they’ve worked hard to prepare & preach!