All preachers must meditate and study

One meets on occasion, among students who are starting to preach, the idea that, after a time, if they walk faithfully with God, sermons will begin to come naturally, and the need for special preparation will grow less and less. Preachers in the Puritan tradition have not thought so, nor found it so. There were plenty of mid-seventeenth century zealots who thought it needless to prepare their sermons, but the Puritan leaders rejected this idea. ‘Whereas some men are for preaching only extempore and without study,’ says Thomas Goodwin, ‘Paul bids Timothy meditate and study.’

J.I. Packer, A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life

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