Preacher’s Toolkit: How Do I Prepare My Heart to Preach?

R. Kent Hughes | February 10, 2016

Editors’ note: This article kicks off a new monthly series called “Preacher’s Toolkit.” We will seek to provide answers to preaching-related questions and will feature articles from TGC Council members and other faithful veteran preachers on the topic. If there’s a question you’d like answered, please contact us at [email protected]. We recently launched an Expository Preaching Project, for which TGC Council pastors will prepare free instructional resources on expository preaching in both video and print formats in six strategic languages. We’re prayerfully seeking to raise $150,000 to fund the project. To make a donation, please click here and select “Expository Preaching” from the designation list.

How do I prepare my heart to preach every Sunday, even as I am preparing the text through the week?

This is an excellent question, because the answer has profound implications for the health of the preacher and for the power of the pulpit.

But before I address the question specifically as it relates to the preacher’s heart and his text, it must be understood that my advice will be irrelevant apart from the preacher’s ongoing care for his soul through daily confession of sin and walking with the Spirit.

Brothers, we must guard ourselves from a professionalism that focuses on preparing our hearts to perform the great task of proclaiming…

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