He also blogs an excellent post about how the preacher Stands in the stead of God
Justin Moffatt, whom I mentioned in my previous post, and whom I called Justin Taylor by accident also has blogged a fair bit recently regarding sermon preparation and you can read his MO here by scrolling down the page. His 5 points being,
- Preparing a Structure
- The Writing, Practicing and Culling.
- Lastly, there are some questions that are good to ask:
I thought I would throw my thoughts into the blogging ring about sermon preparation which comprise of only 3 points. Now I have to admit that these 3 points are not original, for I heard Dudly Foord share them at one of our church retreats 5 years ago when he was talking about the direction of focus that the mission of our church should take. His three points were,
I have been thinking a lot about preaching lately and it hit me today that every sermon should have these 3 elements in it and if it doesn't then the preacher hasn't really done their job.
- The preacher has to preach Upwards towards our living God, through the cross, using His word.
- The preacher has to preach Inwards applying the word of God to build us up, to comfort, encourage, rebuke if need be.
- The preacher has to preach Outwards - equipping us to go and live, engaging in the world we live.