There are a couple of short-cuts taken by many preachers that need to be highlighted for the sake of Biblical Preaching. Please be sure to read the explanation as well as the heading (it’s amazing how people miss the point of what’s written sometimes!)
1. Prayer. Prayer is not a short-cut. It is a necessity. It is critical. However, it is not a short-cut. In fact, praying in preparation will probably make the preparation take longer, but it is worth the longer journey. Many preachers think that all they need to do is pray and then preach their impressions. This is neither pleasing to the Lord nor helpful for the listeners. Why do some preachers think God is so pleased when they essentially dismiss the Bible by skirting around the study process in preparation? I suspect that if we pray “Lord, please show me what I should say from this text!” that His answer would include “I want you to say what the text says.” God takes His Word very seriously, so should we, and prayer is not short-cut around the blessing of spending significant time and effort wrestling with the true and exact meaning of the passage.
Tomorrow I will add another short-cut that is not worth taking if we are to be Biblical Preachers!