The Greatest Danger in Sermon Preparation

December 18, 2007

“The greatest danger you will face is that you will focus too narrowly or too quickly on certain features of the text and, by neglecting the surrounding details, will misinterpret the whole. I confess that at times I have discovered, only moments before preaching a sermon, an aspect of a text that eluded my attention (and undercut my conclusions) because I had focused too exclusively on the part of the text that interested me.”

(Bryan Chapell, Christ-Centered Preaching, page 107)



  1. I have realized an important aspect of the text has “eluded my attention” in the middle of a sermon. At that point I just admitted it to the congregation and moved on. Believe me, I have been more careful ever-since. Good reminder.

  2. Hi! Wondered where some of the traffic was coming from! Ta for the link. Great blog. And this quote is excellent. I have also done this – not mid sermon – but shortly beforehand.

  3. Well done Chris. That really takes a lot of humility to do that kind of thing. If some obvious ommission comes up when I’m preaching, I hope I’ll have the guts to do the same!

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