Sermon preparation can be vexing.
It's important to put in the necessary hard work and deliver a sermon that is worthy of a listen.
But when I write about the importance of working hard at sermon preparation, well-meaning people sometimes respond with this argument:
"Just let the Holy Spirit guide you! No need for all this work."
It is their desire to protect the purity of the process and not tarnish it with technique. They see preaching as this otherworldly exercise that the Holy Spirit superintends.
In their view, the work of the Holy Spirit is thwarted when the preacher makes an effort to improve his preaching.
In this episode, we'll look at why this is a misunderstanding of the Holy Spirit's role in sermon prep.