This semester I am taking a class called Apologetics and the Pulpit Ministry. Now I am not a pastor so at first I thought about what I would really get out of this class. At first it didn’t seem relevant to my area of ministry. That was until I read this quote. One of the books that I had to read is called Preaching for God’s Glory by Alistair Begg.
John Owen was quoted as saying, “A man only preaches a sermon well to others if he has first preached it to himself. If he does not thrive on the ‘food’ he prepares, he will not be skilled at making it appetizing for others. If the Word does not dwell in power in us, it will not pass in power from us.”
This reflects upon teachers of the Word regardless of their ministry area. In order for it to flow from us to others, it has to be flowing in us.
We are called to be people of the Word. If the words we preach to others have first touched our hearts, they will strike with a greater impact into the lives of those who hear us. When the Word dwells in power in us, that indwelling will leave a mark on us. It will change us which in return will be seen by others.
As teachers we should have this prayer as our goal:
O teach me, Lord that I may teach
The precious things Thou dost impart;
And wing my words that they may reach
The hidden depths of many a heart.
“As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the LORD is flawless.
He is a shield
for all who take refuge in him.
32 For who is God besides the LORD ?
And who is the Rock except our God?
2 Samuel 22:31-32