In a recent series on preaching LifeChurch pastor Craig Groeschel shares some tips on preparing a sermon.
You must live the message. Breathe the message. Experience God’s Spirit speaking to you. That generally takes time. In my opinion, the best messages are usually ones that are born out of days or weeks of wrestling with God’s Word.
When possible, I suggest:
- Spend four days preparing three hours a day rather than one twelve-hour day. (This gives your Spirit and mind time to process what God is saying to you.)
- Interview a few other people about the text. See how God speaks to them. God might say something to you through them.
- Let the message “cook.” Instead of microwaving a message, give God time to slowly burn the message on your heart.
You can read more from Craig here.