I am just finishing up an excellent book on bibliology. In the final chapter the author addresses the issue of preaching. I need to re-read, digest some more and then write a review or something. Excellent. Anyway, just a point to ponder today.
The author quotes Karl Barth who suggests the question preachers should be asking is not “How does one do it?” but “How can one do it?” It is critical to remember the greater issue is not our competence in preaching, but our dependence on the God for whom we speak.
The preacher is given the privilege of speaking God’s words, and yet has no power to determine any specific result – hence the preacher should preach in fear and trembling. At the same time the preacher mustn’t be so fearful that resolve to know and proclaim Christ and him crucified is lost.
In boldness and trembling, in confidence and fear, we preach God’s Word.