David Platt – on the different aspects of preaching at New Orleans Baptist Seminary

David Platt:

plattE.M. Bounds has had a formative impact… I recommend, anybody who is pastoring, preaching, to read ‘Power through Prayer’ and any number of things that he wrote. He said it best: As a preacher you preach as a dying man to a dying man. We need the life of Christ, to infuse us, in our preaching, and in a preaching event, in particular, as well as the preparation event leading up to that. There’s no question that there must be a primary focus on prayer in my own life, in my sermon preparation process, in the delivery process, everything…  So, when I think about personal, devotional life, I want my preaching to be the overflow of my communion with God.

And so, in my personal devotional life, in what I do, I spend time each morning reading through the Bible in a devotional way, through Robert McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan (for those of you who are not familiar with that, it’s just 4 chapters a day- 2 in the OT, usually 2 in the NT) and just get different pictures in Scriptures, and so spend time reading and meditating on different portions of Scripture, just hearing from God.

So, I may be preaching on some passage in 1 Corinthians, we’re about to start a series in 1 Corinthians at Brook Hills, but, in the morning I’m spending time in Psalms, Exodus, and John, and Galatians. And so, in the process (I am) just being filled with the word, and that time in prayer- intentionally praying through different things that I’ve been praying through my life, my family, the church, the city where I live, the nations- All of that is gonna come to bear on that study, when I get into that 1 Corinthians text. And, the intimacy with God, the sensitivity to His voice, all of that is gonna have an effect on my heart, when I come to this text, to study it, to prepare a sermon, and then to preach it. And so, what I don’t want to do is preach lifeless sermons, that are disconnected from intimate communion with God. Even the prayerful meditation on the text on which I am teaching is probably the most important part of the sermon preparation process. Obviously, you’ve got to do the study to get to the truth of the text. But then, along the way, and as your seeing it, to really spend time in intentional, prayerful meditation on the truth of that text. Without that, we’re just giving information, as opposed to preaching out of the overflow of transformation for the sake of transformation in other people’s lives.

There’s a reason why Acts chapter 6 talks about devoting ourselves to the ministry of the word and to prayer. I know, in m own life, if I’m not careful, I can spend tons of time in the word, and devote myself to the word and the text in a way that is not commensurate with the time devoted to prayer. And so, I’ve got to keep that tension there, and give myself to both. (4:17)

Platt’s sermon preparation schedule

Monday, I’ll relax a bit with my wife and kids, but then I’ll dive. Since I am preaching through 1 Corinthians, I know what text I’m gonna be in, so I’ll read the text and start this process of prayerful meditation, „God, a week form now I’m gonna stand before a group of people, and I’m gonna say ‘this is what You said’. I wanna make sure I know what You said, so help me to understand it, help me to internalize this in my heart from the very beginning. Then, I’m gonna spend a lot of Monday doing exegetical work. I’d say, most of my Monday is spent doing exegetical work, where I’m walking through the text, using other resources, doing different things to do the exegesis.

Tuesday, I’ve got a meeting day, so I do a variety of things in the office, and then Wednesday morning, I’m gonna pick up that exegetical work. By Thursday, I’m spending intentional time during the day- and this is an ideal week, which is not always the case- but, on Thursday, now taking the exegetical work that I’ve done, and beginning to consider: How does this all come together? And so, I begin to form a sermon outline.

The truth of the text, I think is primary here. How do I communicate that? I divide that- I do an outline that I give to my folks. So, by Friday morning, I’ve got to turn that outline in, that our folks will have, as a sort of listening guide, that our folks will walk through the text. If not on Thursday, then sometime Friday or Saturday night, or sometime even Sunday morning, I’m writing a manuscript that I take with me- (of) every sermon. (from the first 6 minutes- 6 more minutes remaining)


Rugaciunea: Uleiul Sfant al Puterii – E.M. Bounds Cartea Audio

  1. O exprimare directa si simpla in predica sunt rezultatele ungerii.
  2. Oamenii morti tin predici moarte, iar predicile moarte ucid…
  3. Omul care predica trebuie sa fie omul care se roaga~
  4. Rugaciunea este cea mai puternica arma a predicatorului si a oricarui crestin.
  5. Rugaciunea da viata si putere tuturor!
  6. Ungerea Duhului Sfant invadeaza si convinge constiinta si frange inima.
  7. Ungerea Duhului Sfant limpezeste si transforma intelectul si modul de gandire.
  8. Prin Rugaciune primesti Ungerea Duhului Sfant!
  9. Cu cat e mai sfant cineva cu atat mai mult ar trabuii sa aprecieze rugaciunea.
  10. A sta putin timp cu Dumnezeu inseamna a conta putin pentru Dumnezeu.
  11. Timpul de inchinare scurt taie conducta de izvor bogat al lui Dumnezeu.
  12. Noi traim saracacios pentru ca ne rugam saracacios…

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