A sermon is a Spirit-empowered explanation of God’s Word that unfolds the timelessly relevant message to a contemporary audience.
“Every sermon reveals the preacher’s grasp of the mystery of Christ. If he has no insight into Christ, he has no call to preach.”
“One proof of the inspiration of the Bible is that it has withstood so much poor preaching.”
“It is not necessary for a preacher to express all his thoughts in one sermon. A preacher should have three principles, first, to make a good beginning and not spend time with many words before coming to the point; secondly, to say that which belongs to the subject in chief, and avoid strange and foreign thoughts; thirdly, to stop at the proper time.”
“The preacher must be preeminently a man of prayer. His heart must graduate in the school of prayer. In the school of prayer only can the heart learn to preach. No learning can make up for the failure to pray. No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack.
Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still. He will never talk well and with real success to men for God who has not learned well how to talk to God for men. More than this, prayerless words in the pulpit and out of it are deadening words.”
“I am certain that to preach the wrath of God with a hard heart, a cold lip, a tearless eye, and an unfeeling spirit is to harden men, not benefit them.”
(Charles Haddon Spurgeon)