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There are many correct answers to this question:  the power of the Word of God, the filling and movement of the Holy Spirit, the giftedness of the preacher, the eagerness of the people to hear, all could be mentioned when this question is asked.  Yet, I want to mention one answer that is commonly overlooked when considering the power of preaching and what produces a moving sermon preached that brings spiritual fruit from God.  I think this one overlooked aspect of powerful preaching is best summarized by the 19th century English pastor, Archibald Brown:

Oh, brethren and sisters, I would to God I could speak to you this morning as I would.  I only wish I could make this text blaze away before you eyes as it has before my own. I would that its tremendous force might be realized by you, as it has been felt in my own heart before coming here.  Oh, how it would shake some of you out of your selfishness, out of your worldliness, out of your pandering to the maxims of this world.

Brown’s words capture well an essential element to a powerful sermon, that is, the preacher first be deeply affected by the word he steps into the pulpit to preach.  Before the preacher can persuade any sinner to turn to Christ, he must first be persuaded himself.  Before the preacher can convince any Christian to trust in the promises of God, he must first believe those promises.

Pastors, as you prepare to preach God’s word and feed the souls of your people this week, make sure that word you study has changed you.  Make sure it is a part of you and that you truly believe what you are preparing to preach so that you are able to preach with an earnestness that only comes from someone who has met with God and experienced his help.

Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.  He is the husband of Cara and adoring father of four children—son Samuel and daughters Abby, Isabelle, and Claire.  He has served in pastoral ministry for 15 years and is currently in his eighth year as Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church.  He was educated at both Belmont University and Indiana University, receiving his B.A. in Sociology.  He also undertook some graduate work at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Lawrence Webb

commented on Jan 31, 2016

In keeping with what I hear you saying, I post a story from Fred Craddock by my computer. He tells of hiring an Israeli guide to take him around the Holy Land. One day, the driver asked permission to take Dr. Craddock out of the way they had planned. They came to site, and the driver described in great detail how "we" defeated the enemy. Dr. Craddock asked, "Was this the 1948 or the 1967 war?" The man said, "No. It was the Maccabean War" [fought in 166 BC]. In surprise, Dr. Craddock said, "Well, pardon me, but you tell it as though you were there." Dr. Craddock concludes his story: "He looked directly in my eye and said, 'I was.'" Though I often fall short, I keep that story close at hand to remind myself, I need to "be there" with the Bible passage as I prepare and as I preach.

William Howard

commented on Jan 31, 2016

Absolutely gentlemen. However, let's understand that not all Pastors / preachers are sent by God actually making them unable to preach with the power

Robb Redlin

commented on Sep 28, 2019

Great article and such a good reminder to every person who preaches and teaches God's Word!

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