MacArthur’s Sermon PreparationMarch 21, 2007
If you love biblical preaching, then whatever your millenial view (!) you will no doubt appreciate the faithful ministry of John MacArthur. The following is some rough notes taken from a session at the Shepherd’s Conference 2006 regarding how MacArthur currently prepares to preach. Having read MacArthur’s book Preaching, I know that this roughly corrolates.
4 days to prepare:
Day 1 (First 8 hours):
* Reads, re-reads, and re-reads the text.
* Takes out a legal pad a jots down some notes.
* Turns to the Greek text.
* Peruses some 20 commentaries on the text.
* Goes through cross-references.
Day 2 (2nd 8 hours):
* Mediates on what he learned on Day 1.
Day 3 (3rd 8 hours):
* Puts together his rough draft.
* Finds Biblical illustrations.
* Writes his introduction and conclusion.
Day 4 (4th 8 Hours):
* Writes his final draft, all of which is hand-written.
What I find interesting about this is two fold. First, the simple length of time that MacArthur takes to prepare. Its not as if after forty years of exposition he takes shortcuts! Second, I appreciate the idea that MacArthur takes a day simply to meditate on the text following all his reading. Perhaps this is a missing element in many of our preparations?
(HT: Galatians 4v16)