Five pieces of advice for sermon prep from Alistair Begg
- Think yourself empty. Survey a passage of Scripture in the proper spirit of unlearnedness. Avoid the proud assumption that you initially know what everything means.
- Read yourself full. Read widely and regularly.
- Write yourself clear. Aside from the essential empowering of the Spirit, freedom of delivery in the pulpit depends on careful organization in the study.
- Pray yourself hot. Without personal prayer and communion with God during the preparation stages, the pulpit will be cold.
- Be yourself, but don’t preach yourself. There is nothing quite so ridiculous as the affected tone and adopted posture of the preacher who wishes he were someone else. Also – a good teacher clears the way, declares the way, and then gets out of the way
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