Preach to Yourself Before You Preach to Others

I did a short interview for the Winter edition of Leadership Journal. The interview isn't online (at least not yet), but you should be able to pick up a copy of the magazine at your local Christian bookstore. For now, here's one part of the Q&A. How is rehearsing your sermon aloud different from preaching to yourself?

Sermon rehearsal is most likely focusing on how we will effectively communicate truth to others. I think that’s a good thing, but it should follow the act of preaching to ourselves throughout our sermon preparation. It’s a mistake to do the hard work of exegesis, develop a homiletical outline, and build pointed application for our audience without first preaching the same Scripture to ourselves. We need men in the pulpit who have felt the pride shattering force and Gospel renewing power of God’s word. You can’t practice that.