Jason Meyer has some good thoughts on the need for preachers to rely on the power of the Word and not on their artistry and personality:
Many a good book has suffered at the hands of a movie maker’s “artistic license” that does not stay true to what made the book good in the first place. In the same way, many a biblical text has suffered at the hands of a preacher’s “artistic license” that is not faithful to God’s intent for the text. . . . God does not need us to improve his word. Our part is to give the text a voice, not a makeover.
In my experience, too many people believe that making God’s word real takes creative license or a flamboyant personality. That is simply not true. . . . Many efforts to preach boil down to man-centered attempts to do something in the flesh that only God can do by his Spirit. Preachers must put their faith in the power of God’s word, not in their ability to make something drab into something attractive and appealing. God’s word is living and active, not drab. (emphasis original)
Questions for Discussion
- What does it take to make God’s word “real” in preaching?
- How do you know when you have crossed the line from depending on God and his words to depending on yourself in preaching?
- What role, if any, does artistry and creativity play in God-dependent preaching?
- What homiletical method(s) best reflect “faith in the power of God’s word”?