Today I had the honor to sit in on a preaching conference featuring Mike Bullmore, a former homiletics professor and now pastor. The following point really struck me:
“Preaching is less a treatise on the material of your text and more a communication of the burden of the text. Preaching is not coverage of biblical material, it’s the accomplishment of a biblical intention. A good expository sermon is one whose content and intent is controlled by the content and intent of a passage. You cannot just be satisfied with the content, you must accomplish what God was trying to accomplish in the preaching. The end of preaching is not information, it’s persuasion. Your sermon’s purpose needs to find itself completely in line with the purpose and burden of the text. This will give your sermons unity, focus, and effectiveness.”
–Mike Bullmore, message “Some Things I’m Learning About Preaching After Having Taught It For 15 Years” (2/12/08; Gaithersburg, MD).