Profits and Perils of Preaching TwiceMay 21, 2009
I’m preaching twice this week, which is not typical for me. Here’s what I’ve been discovering:
1) You need to prepare your sermons far more rapidly when you have two.
2) You can actually prepare your sermons much more quickly than you imagined, when you need to.
3) You read four or five commentaries, not ten to fifteen.
4) Point 3 doesn’t seem to matter too much. Is this because most of the commentaries repeat other commentaries? Plus, you can still look up the rest when you get stuck on a particularly trying interpretive problem.
5) You move almost immediately from researching to writing! (ie. little time to plan and plot your outline)
6) Whilst doing other tasks, you find your mind randomly wandering between the two passages, and sometimes you get slightly confused about which sermon you’re thinking about.
7) You can get slightly more excited about one passage over the other, especially early in the week.
8 ) Later in the week, the passage you were least excited about can overtake the frontrunner in your enthusiasm!
9) Writing it out in full still matters, but you have to do it fast (eg. with smoke coming off the keys!).
10) Though you are preparing only twice as much material, you have to trust in God ten times as much. And that, friends, can’t be a bad thing!