5 Things Not to Trust in Your Preaching

Thabiti Anyabwile | September 23, 2016


I’m not certain the average Christian recognizes how many pitfalls there are in preaching. Of course, you don’t need any special training to recognize when a preacher is truly struggling with a sermon. We can feel that. And anyone with even a little Christian experience is aware that pride can be a temptation to the preacher. In fact, the apostle Paul took special note of pride and Satan’s snares when listing qualifications for pastors (1 Tim. 3:6).

But there are other less obvious challenges to the preacher’s life. Take, for example, trust. I suspect most preachers regularly fight to put their trust in the correct place when it comes to their preaching. Maybe that’s just me, but I’m probably not alone. It seems to me it’s easy for the preacher to trust himself even when he doesn’t intend to.

Here a five things not to trust.

1. Don’t Trust Your Preparation

This is tricky. I believe in preparation. Preaching is hard work, and a lazy man shouldn’t do it. In addition, good preparation can and should produce a certain kind of readiness and confidence.

But we should never trust our preparation as if it were sufficient for preaching. We must never rely…


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