The Path to Preaching With Passion?

It is easy to fake pulpit passion. All you have to do is raise the voice, pound the fists, point the finger, grimace a little and before you know it, you have fake pulpit passion. But what does it take to have genuine passion? And why would you want it?

Why? Because genuine passion marks deeply. Genuine passion is contagious, people catch it. It is commanding, people aren’t easily distracted from it. It is convicting, people have hearts changed by it. It is challenging, people see their apathy wilt under it. Genuine passion marks people deeply. (Just in case you’re tempted to fake it, remember that fake passion is off-putting, embarrassing, ineffectual and counter-productive.)

How? Genuine passion is a spiritual dynamic. It all seems to come down to, and flow from, the heart. A heart captivated by a passionate God. A heart filled with the Word of God. A heart walking in step with, beating in time with, the Spirit of God. A heart moved with compassion for the people to whom it will preach. Gripped by God, saturated in the Word, filled with the Spirit, and crystal clear on the urgency of the task of preaching that particular text to those particular people at that particular time. A genuinely passionate preacher is truly a potent tool in God’s hands.

All this is not to say that relaxed or carefully casual delivery is wrong. I often use both and see others doing so effectively. But there is also a time for allowing the passion to show. May God give us the wisdom to know when.

5 thoughts on “The Path to Preaching With Passion?

  1. I agree that passion is an important ingredient in successful preaching. I believe the key to this though, is prayer. We do not have passionate, powerful preaching because we do not have praying preachers. Prayer is the first, second, third, and fifth steps in preaching. The fourth step is preparing the sermon. Pray, pray, pray. No pastor who is intimately in tune with God can go astray, and his sheep will reap the benefits of a praying leader. For a further discussion of prayer in the life of a Christian leader, I strongly recommend the book “Power through Prayer” by E.M. Bounds. It can be purchased cheaply on Amazon.

    “No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. The pulpit can be a shop window to display one’s talents; the prayer closet allows no showing off.”
    Leonard Ravenhill

    “The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”
    Samuel Chadwick

  2. It is a wonderful post. Simple, but informative ~ and ironically ‘passionate’ lol.

    Great work, and will read some more posts 🙂

    Take care, God bless,
    Angie

  3. I agree that passion is an important element in every work, most especially, in spiritual means. But I’m afraid some preachers don’t have much passion, which can sometimes affect their preaching.

    As for your posts, I love it. As what angiemama said, simple but informative.

    God bless you a thousand fold.

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