Yes … some preachers ask hard questions that real people ask. And they struggle with the scripture. They don’t just skim the surface, they dig deep. They don’t simply toss it … no, they hold on to the Bible just like Jacob held on to the Angel. They say, “I won’t let go until you bless me.” (Genesis 32:26)
Deep Understanding of Scripture Drives Great Preaching
They leave time to be quiet and listen to God even when sometimes it comes in sheer silence. (1 Kings 19:12) They construct sermons out of that kind of deep preparation. They come to the preaching event with a message that demonstrates deep understanding of the scriptural witness. They may be limping like Jacob, but they come with a real bread, hot from glory, ready to foster an experience of hope and power in the people of God. No, they don’t use the Bible to prop up their ideas … the Spirit uses the interaction with the Bible to drive the preacher deeper.
Fed a steady diet of preaching that comes from this kind of study will grow a people with a very real belief that if they would but struggle with this ancient book and seek to understand and apply it in faithful ways, that they will also be blessed beyond measure.