Prizing our PreparationJanuary 13, 2011
Bryan Croft is right.
We shouldn’t only love the act of preaching; we should appreciate the preparation process. As Croft puts it:
There is something special about the hard, time-sensitive labor that is preparing to preach God’s Word in a few days. It feeds and nourishes our own soul in a way that moves us to preach powerfully what we have found through intense study and prayer.
I would personally add that
- my deepest insights into God, the gospel of His Son and the Spirit-filled life, have usually been gleaned whilst preparing to preach…
- and my most earnest times of wrestling in prayer, have usually happened in the furnace of sermon preparation
I wouldn’t trade my sermon preparation for anything. For me, it has become part of my own discipling process.