Credit It, Of Course, But Especially Live It

“This activity of relating the message to the life of the preacher is especially significant if the preacher is preaching a lot of material he has gleaned from others . . . The bigger issue is that the ‘borrowed’ material needs to become a message that can be preached authentically through the preacher . . . You can use it, giving due credit; but make sure you have ‘heard’ it and responded to it, that the message is yours by virtue of personal submission and commitment.”

Olford, Anointed Expository Preaching, p. 178

Confession of Sin as Sermon Prep

“Personal spiritual issues, also, must be dealt with in this regard. In fact, certain issues in the preacher’s life should be dealt with as part of sermon preparation. If not, the spiritual blocks can remain, denying the preacher the liberty to hear, see, respond to, and rejoice in the truth personally.”

Olford, Anointed Expository Preaching, p. 109

The Heart of It

The Westminster Directory (1645) states that “the true idea of [expository] preaching is that the preacher should become a mouthpiece for his text, opening it up and applying it as a word from God to his hearers, . . . in order that the text may speak . . . and be heard, making each point from his text in such a manner that [his audience] may discern [the voice of God]”

Olford, Anointed Expository Preaching, p. 69