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Ray Stedman on Preparation

January 22, 2009

Ray Stedman was well-known for his thoroughgoing expository preaching. This short article, “On Expository Preaching”, gives us some insight into how he prepared sermons. I was most gripped by the article’s conclusion, where Ray speaks from the heart about his feelings for preaching:

Following this approach, through the years I have gained a growing sense of the grandeur of preaching. I have seen many examples of its power to transform both individual lives and whole communities. I have increasingly felt a divine compulsion to preach, so that I know something of Paul’s words, “Woe is me if I preach not the gospel!” But even more—I feel a deeply humbling conviction that I could never be given a greater honor than the privilege of declaring “the unsearchable riches of Christ.” I often hear in my inner ear the words of the great apostle: “This is how one should regard us; as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God!” A servant of Christ! A steward of the mysteries! I can think of no greater work than that.

The whole thing here.

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