As the story goes, on a Sunday night a young pastor was driving home, his wife beside him. It had been a busy weekend at the church. The Sunday night sermon had lasted longer than usual since the preacher felt unusual liberty and unction in the pulpit. They drove in silence for some miles, he with his thoughts and she with hers. Finally, he broke the silence saying, “You know, Sweetheart, there are not many truly great preachers in the world today.”“True,” answered the very weary wife, “and probably one fewer than you think!”
- Great preachers are persons of great integrity before they are great pulpiteers. Personality does not make one a great preacher.
- Great preachers t4end to feel deeply, and they are not likely to be bashful about expressing those feelings. They are passionate souls. They have a devout love for Christ.
- Great preachers have a passion to preach. There is this desire to preach/ teach the word of God as many times as they can. One time a week is just not going to get it done. George Whitefield preached 500 times a year.
- Great preachers are anchored or fixed in the Bible. They love books but the Bible is found where they are. John Wycliff an example.
- Great preacher are relevant. Preachers will teach on the issues of their time. Martin Luther tacked the issues of the church.
- Great preacher are overcomers. Sometimes we start out as a poor preacher, our preaching is rather bad. But over time there is a discovery of the power of Christ and our preaching takes on new meaning, and we become a better preacher. Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847)
- Great preacher are given to thinking and meditation. I understand that not all great preacher down through history thought alike, but all truly great preachers alike are thinkers. They are inclined to have minds given to reflection, to originality. John Calvin for example.
- Great preachers have the shepherd heart. They love their people, they desire to see others saved by the power of Christ, but they also want to see them grow in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. George W. Truett.
- Great preachers walk with the Lord. John Bunyan (1628-1688)
- Great preacher work hard. They are willing not only to work in the secular world if necessary, but they work hard in their work for the Lord. Charles H Spurgeon (1834-1892) He not only preached, he established a pastor’s college. He established an orphanage. He published a monthly magazine. He read books. He had 12,000 volumes in his personal library.
God doesn't use us all the same. But God knows what He did when He called each of us to be His under shepherd to teach and preach His Word.