This is episode #005 of The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.

In this episode, we will discuss the crucial matter of finding and guarding sermon preparation time.

Time-management

The supreme work of the Christian minister is the work of preaching. This is a day in which one of our great perils is that of doing a thousand little things to the neglect of the one thing, which is preaching. – C. Campbell-Morgan

Here are 7 recommendations I would give for finding time to study. 

  1. Plan ahead.
  2. Schedule your study time. 
  3. Steal time. 
  4. Study when it’s time to study. 
  5. Educate your people. 
  6. Practice intentional neglect. 
  7. Delegate.

A BONUS POINT: View sermon preparation as spiritual warfare. Translation: Do whatever you have to do to prepare yourself and your message for preaching!

Questions

So what do you think? How do you find time to study? What do you think about the recommendations I shared? How long does it take you to prepare a message? What do you do to guard your study time? 

Announcements

Thank God for Dr. E.K. Bailey!

 

Episode Resources

A QUOTE ON PREACHING: “I don’t need fifteen hours to prepare a sermons. I can prepare a sermon in half an hour. I need fifteen hours to understand the text with clarity. It’s hard to get to the point of clarity. You have to be driven to understand it. But, if you step into the pulpit with a substantially clear grasp of the biblical concept, it has a profound effect on how you preach.” – John F. MacArthur, Jr.

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