We have probably all heard people attempting to distinguish preaching from teaching, or even preaching from lecturing. Typically there is some reference to preaching being more impassioned, touching the emotions, etc. To be fair to the teaching and lecturing professions, the good ones know that to be effective they should do more than merely transmit information. Nevertheless, today is Sunday, so let’s keep the focus on preaching.
When we preach we do not merely transmit information gleaned in our study time. We speak from the heart – a heart touched by God’s Word, moved by God’s Spirit, a heart shaped by the personal experience of God working the passage truth into our lives. We speak from the heart – the heart of God, for He did not inspire the canon to merely give us a repository of truth statements from which to inform ourselves. We speak to the heart – the heart of listeners desperate for a word from God’s heart. They may be interested in information, they may not. But we speak to hurting hearts, empty hearts, longing hearts. We speak to the hearts of people whose real need is probably not the need they feel and are distracted by, but whose real need can only be met by God Himself.
Preaching should be truthful, accurate, informed, solidly Scriptural, etc. But it must do more than merely inform. We preach as persuaders, influencers, spokespersons for the living God who is not a deistic disconnected deity, but a passionately concerned and involved holy lover of souls. So today, what is the plan? How will you preach not only from the head to the head, but from the heart and to the heart?